Manchester City is well aware that they are going to have a fight on their hands to sign French international Paul Pogba from Juventus, and should they fail are working on a plan B to compensate not being able to sign the 22-year-old star.
The Juventus midfielder remains City’s top transfer target but with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid along the Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea all after the talented youngster City know that they will be in a fight.
Included in the Etihad clubs list of potential other targets are Bayer Leverkusen’s German international Lars Bender along with Barcelona’s Alex Song and Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League final that saw Pogba on the losing side as Barcelona beat the Italian champions 3-1 Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said: “Could it be his last game with Juve? Theoretically, yes. The transfer window is open until September 2. We’ll see.
“Offers are already coming in, but they’ve all been side-lined. Juventus don’t want to sell him, so anyone who wants him will have to go out and buy him.
“The price depends on who buys him, but Juve must make it an auction. His transfer would be one of the most expensive in history.
“He’s certainly one of the most expensive players in the world, he’s a special young player and has something more than the others.
“I’m convinced that we’ve not even seen the best of what he can do yet.”