Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has made signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba his number one summer priority, and is willing to spend a British record transfer fee of £70 million.
Despite such a large amount of money, the talk is that the 22-year-old French international wants to move to Spain and join either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and with his home town club of Paris Saint-Germain also in the mix it’s hard to imagine Pogba returning to Manchester following the last experience he had while at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
What all this means is that should City fail in their attempt to sign Pogba they will turn their attention to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, and are confident that by offering the Gunners £40 million and doubling Wilshere’s wage to £150,000 per-week that they can tempt the 23-year-old to move to the Etihad.
Meanwhile Wilshere has said he is only interested in playing for Arsenal after having come up through the clubs ranks, but City remain convinced they can get him to jump ship by promising to let him play in his preferred position while manager Pellegrini builds his team around the England international.
City is also after Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and are expected to go back to the Reds with a third take it or leave it offer for the 20-year-old.