Etihad Stadium side linked with big money addition.
Man City have been given a boost in their apparent pursuit of Juventus star Paul Pogba with the midfielder’s agent claiming he could sell the French international to the Etihad Stadium side ‘in a heartbeat’ according to the Telegraph.
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Pogba’s representative Mino Raiola is never shy of hawking out his clients and his latest comments are sure to leave many prospective suitors reaching for their chequebooks.
“We made a pact with Juve: Paul doesn’t have to leave,”
“I spoke to president Andrea Agnelli, directors Pavel Nedved, Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, so they all agree. The club doesn’t need the money.
“He is wanted by seven clubs and that is certain, because they all told me so. The ones that can afford him are Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
“If I just whistled, I’d sell Pogba tomorrow to PSG or City in a heartbeat. But Paul did not tell me to find him another club. As of today, it’s 99 per cent [Pogba will stay at Juventus].
“Juve agree with our approach, which is that they will only sell if Paul asks to leave and there’s a suitable offer. Of course, it could become one per cent, it depends on the market.” added Raiola.
Pogba, who previously represented City’s local rivals Man United, has been a massive success since moving to Turin but may feel the time right for a fresh challenge.
Whilst Juventus have proven themselves Italy’s best side by some distance they have not made an impact in the Champions League picture in recent seasons and a move to City would presumably also net the 21 year old a tidy pay-rise.
The £72m rated starlet could be seen by Man City as a long term replacement for Ivorian veteran Yaya Toure and clearly the Premier League title holders have the funds to make an offer Juventus would find hard to ignore.