Manchester City are ready to launch a sensational world-record bid for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba, according to Goal.com.
The report claims that the Citizens will press ahead with a bid of more than the £86 million it took for Spanish giants Real Madrid to sign Welsh wizard Gareth Bale from Tottenham back in 2013.
In fact, the report goes on to reveal that Etihad chiefs are prepared to offer the former Manchester United midfielder a deal worth as much as £250,000-a-week, as the club go in search of improvement after last season's tricky season under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini.
After failing once again in Europe, the Sky Blues were way off the pace in the race for the Premier League title despite finishing the season as runners up. Pogba, then, is clearly seen as the man City want, as they go about making a huge impact on the European scene.
One thing's for sure, though, it won't be easy for the Etihad outfit to sign the Juventus superstar, with a number of Europe's elite clubs seemingly interested in the player's signature. In fact, as well as City, the same report reveals that the likes of PSG and Barcelona are interested in the talented Frenchman, so it could prove quite the battle to land him.
He loves United
There's also, of course, the fact that Pogba used to ply his trade for City's Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Red Devils, under the Louis van Gaal regime, have also been linked with a move for the midfield ace, but it's far from certain as to whether he'd be interested in a return to the Theatre of Dreams.
One thing's for sure, though, he does love the club, as earlier this years he told FourFourTwo:"I'm impatient. It was the feeling I had. The coach [Sir Alex Ferguson] had faith in me, but didn't put me on. He said that I was too young.
"He said 'your time will come', but it never did. It didn't come. But it does not mean I will speak ill of Manchester United. I love the club."
City in need
It's clear for all to see that Manchester City are in desperate need of change this summer. At the end of the day, they've not really moved forward over the last year or so, and a big name signing may well just be what they need.
Pogba, of course, is just that, and he'd be exceptional in the middle of the park at the Etihad. £86m+, of course, is a huge sum, but he may well just be worth it, if the City hierarchy manage to get round the rules regarding Financial Fair Play.
In truth, the biggest challenge for City is to finally kick on in Europe. Things just haven't gone to plan for them in the Champions League in recent years, so there is clearly something missing at the Etihad. Perhaps signings arguably the world's best young midfielder will help them.
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