Manchester City are preparing to launch a world-record bid for Juventus highly rated midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, reports Goal.
The Frenchman joined the Old Lady from Manchester United back in 2012 after not getting a regular place under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 22-year-old midfielder has established himself as one of the most sought-after players in Europe over the last few seasons, helping the Bianconeri lift Serie A silverware on four successive occasions.
The Goal understands that City manager Manuel Pellegrini will plot a bid in excess of the £86 million Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale two years ago.
Pogba’s stellar performances have seen him linked with a move back to the host of Premier League clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested in his services, according to the Daily Express.
Pogba played a crucial role in taking the Italians to the 2015 Champions League finals and City will be hoping that the midfielder can show similar skills to the Etihad.
Meanwhile Barcelona remain favourites for his signature, but the transfer ban imposed on it by Fifa could give City the advantage with this regard, who could make this deal happen as soon as possible to fend off interest from the La Liga champions.