Etihad Stadium boss lines up moves for Old Trafford teens.
Manchester City are planning a shock double swoop for Manchester United teen sensations Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, Goal.com can disclose.
City have identified the youthful midfield pair, who are both out of contract in the summer, as potential signings and possibly even as early as this month.
Goal.com understands that discreet enquiries have been made by City about the interest of Pogba and Morrison in making the short journey across Manchester in deals that would antagonise bitter rivals United.
Pogba, who turns 19 next month, is believed to be frustrated at his failure to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford and is willing to explore all his options as the prospect of a transfer grows increasingly likely.
Morrison’s growing list of disciplinary problems, court appearances and absences from training have left United exasperated. Newcastle United had a £1 million offer rejected for the 18-year-old last week but their interest is believed to have cooled and City are now ready to join the race for the troubled United youngster.
This would be quite a coup and a statement of intent by Man City if they were indeed able to lure a pair of talented youthful up and coming talents from Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium.
With Newcastle United effectively starting the bidding for midfielder Paul Pogba it seems plausible that other sides will follow and with Sir Alex Ferguson still to pin the French youngster to a new deal a move for the former Le Havre man could be on the cards.
Ravel Morrison is in a similar situation with the added speculation, that the teenager denies, that his wage demands have been baulked by Man United. PSG are also said to be keen on the England Under 19 international.
What both players undoubtedly demand is first team football, preferably of the Premier League variety and Sir Alex Ferguson has been unable to fulfill this request. Pogba and Morrison have seen the likes of Fabio, Rafael, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley as well as new signing Phil Jones, become integral members of the Man United first team and clearly the two youngsters feel they are worthy of a similar level of faith.
However if the pair truly just want a shot a first team football, and not just a huge pay check that Roberto Mancini may wave in their direction, then clearly both Pogba and Morrison will find it harder to break through at the Etihad Stadium where the Premier League leaders have two international level players in practically every position in their squad.