Manchester City favourites to land £85m rated Paul Pogba

Posted on May 28 2015 - 8:06pm by Joel Orme

Paul Pogba has been the target of various transfer rumours in this summer already, but it seems as though Manchester City are ready to splash the cash to land the Juventus star.

Juventus have apparently told City that they can have the player for just £45m this summer – although the blues are expected to fork out another £40m in wages.

Pogba, who is set to start in the Champions League final against Barcelona next week signed a new contract at Juve just this season. But the inflated fee hasn’t put off any Premier League suitors.

Manchester United were the first to have their interest recognised as Louis van Gaal hoped to bring the player back to Old Trafford. It was then rumoured that Jose Mourinho wanted to take him to Chelsea, then Arsenal threw their hat into the ring in an attempt to lure the star.

Although it was reported that Pogba was set to snub all these teams in favour of a move to Spain, it now seems that he would like to work in England after all.

Pogba has played just over 2000 minutes in all competitions this season, racking up ten goals and five assists. But, it is his work off the ball that has earned him respect across Europe. He averages an 83% pass completion rate and has gained four man of the match awards already.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini would see Pogba as the perfect replacement for Yaya Toure should he leave the Manchester club this summer.

Pogba would give Pellegrini a great level of flexibility, having played in both central midfield and out wide for Juventus. He is also adept at playing in a deeper lying role, and can muster up a mean free-kick when asked!

However, City still face opposition for the Frenchman’s signature with a host of English clubs still interested, and the rumours of a move to Real Madrid still being on could sway Pogba to consider a move to Spain.