Two of Europe’s most deeply-pocketed clubs are set to bash piggy banks over the hottest potential signing of the summer, to the backdrop of FIFA ’s relaxation of Financial Fair Play rules.
Manchester City and Paris St-Germain are both backed by exceedingly wealthy Middle Eastern owners and both have Juventus star Paul Pogba firmly in their crosshairs.
Thanks to a move by football’s much-maligned governing body to remove a cap on spending, City and PSG will be free to unleash all their financial might in what might turn out to be one of the most expensive deals in history.
The upfront fee Juventus are demanding for the 22-year-old midfielder is believed to be in the region of £70m alone.
When Pogba’s reputed wage demands of £230k per week are sprinkled into the mix, the size of the eventual cheque will probably ensure even the most unflappable of bank managers gulp.
PSG clearly have the lure of offering Pogba football in his native land, though the boy famously passed on by Manchester United may view the Premier League as the more exciting option.
Either way, Ladbrokes make the Etihad the 7/4 favourite to be the Frenchman’s next career rung, with the Ligue 1 title holders a leap back at 7/1.
The surprising second-favourites are Barcelona at 9/2, not for football reasons obviously, but under the current transfer embargo Pogba would be prevented from turning out for the European champions until 2016.
It remains to be seen which way Pogba’s mind will be swayed, but the Premier League would be greatly enriched to see the dazzling centre-mid strut his stuff next season.
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