Premier League giants Manchester City could break the all-time British transfer record in order to sign Juventus star Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman is expected to leavetThe Old Lady sooner rather than later, and the Serie A champions could be convinced to let go if a formal bid worth an astonishing £71million comes in from The Citizens.
According to The Mirror, City are prepared to launch a whopping bid for the 22-year-old and could land the powerhouse midfielder this summer as Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his side ahead of next season.
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The deal would see Manchester United receive an estimated £1.25m under Fifa rules as Pogba spent three-years developing at Old Trafford
City fell short in their quest to retain the Premier League title, finishing second behind Chelsea, and Pellegrini is ready to make drastic changes to his current squad.
Along with Pogba, the Chilean is interested in luring Kevin de Bruyne to the club from Wolfsburg and also Raheem Sterling from Liverpool. However the main focus is on Pogba.
City thought they would miss out on the Juventus star because of Financial Fair Play rules monitoring their spending. However, UEFA have loosened their stance on the regulations, allowing City to surprisingly spend big over the summer.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were both in danger, but after UEFA's change of heart, both mega-rich clubs could be set for busy summers.
After the financial boost, Pellegrini is now ready to splash the cash in order to lure Pogba to the Etihad Stadium, despite reports claiming the Frenchman is only interested in a move to FC Barcelona when the Spanish side's transfer embargo is lifted.
One of Barca's presidential candidates made it clear that he would try to sign Pogba if he were elected, but with the embargo preventing them from signing players this summer, they could miss out.
According to reports, City will make a formal offer of around £71m for Pogba, smashing the all-time British transfer fee record.
Currently the record is around £60m which is what City's neighbours Manchester United spent on signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer.
As well as offering Juve a whopping transfer fee, City's board are willing to pay Pogba £240k-a-week, which are the player's reported demands for a weekly-wage, four times what he currently earns.
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