English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester City are on pole position to land Juventus’ superstar midfielder Paul Pogba in the upcoming summer transfer window. La Liga giants Barcelona have supposedly pulled off a world-record deal to sign Pogba and this has put the Blues’ on red alert.
Two-time treble winners Barcelona had made a verbal agreement with Juventus to land the French international at the end of the current season for a fee of around £85 million (US $123.51 million), as reported by Mirror.
However, the Catalan giants have decided not to splash the cash owing to self-imposed financial restrictions. Robert Fernandez, sporting director of Barcelona has decided to focus on signing a young central defender instead.
Everton defender John Stones is one of the player linked to Camp Nou. However, it’s believed that the Englishman is likely to make his move within the Premier League.
Former Manchester United prodigy Pogba will demand a weekly salary of around £250,000 (US $363,000) which is also deemed as a reason for Barcelona to reduce their interest in the player.
Neymar and Lionel Messi are expected to sign new contracts worth monumental wages this May and Barcelona can’t go over their financial budget.
Manchester City will be looking to bring in a midfield general after Yaya Toure has been touted to leave the Emirates Stadium next season. With Pep Guardiola taking over as the City manager, a move for Pogba seems evident.
Manchester City currently lies 4th in the Premier League table 6 points behind league leader Leicester City. The Blues recently suffered a 1-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs at home and will need to ruffle up their feathers if they want to get back in the Championship race.
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