Manchester City are planning to beat the British football transfer record with a £71million bid for Paul Pogba in an attempt to lure him to the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens are confident on beating rivals Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester United for the 22-year-old midfielder’s signature.
Pogba’s future at Juventus has been a major talking point for over a year now, with reports suggesting that he might leave the club. But the Italian champions have made it clear that, only bids in excess of €100million (£70.92million) will be taken into consideration for the 22-year-old midfielder. Not many clubs can afford such a huge amount, but City are willing to meet the asking price for Pogba, although are yet to submit a formal offer.
The fans and the officials at the club believe that Manuel Pellegrini may welcome the man who left Manchester United on a free transfer three years ago, though the deal is far from completion. City are prepared to pay a staggering £240,000-a-week basic, plus huge bonuses to the midfielder after speaking to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola. But City do not want to be used as a bargaining tool by either Juve or the player to drive up offers from rival clubs, like United have been in the past, and are holding back on making a bid to Juventus until Pogba tells them he wants to come to the Etihad.
Manchester City might face some stiff competition from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris St. Germain and from city rivals Manchester United. A move to the Camp Nou might be a complicated one for Pogba, as he won’t be able to play for the Catalan club until January 2016. And though Real Madrid have always been interested in the Frenchman, Manchester City believe they have won the race to sign Pogba.
Paul Pogba, who scored 9 goals and assisted 6 in 35 appearances for Juventus in the 2014/15 season, is arguably the finest young defensive midfielder at the moment in world football. Juventus will be hoping to hold on to their highly rated midfielder in order to boost Pogba’s market value still further, but have already started to prepare for life after Pogba by signing Sami Khedira for free from Real Madrid to their squad.