Manchester City are said to be in pole position to land Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer by smashing the British transfer record with a £71m bid, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Juventus star has found himself to be a much sought after commodity this summer, with Barcelona believed to be preparing a £57m offer themselves, but thanks to Financial Fair Play rules being relaxed, City have been given fresh impetus to trump the Spaniards in the race for his signature.
City are thought to be keen on sealing the deal quickly so that the France international can join them on their two-week pre-season sojourn to Australia.
But the news will also prove to be good business for cross city neighbours Manchester United, who stand set to inherit £1.25m. Thanks to FIFA rules, United will bag the cash windfall because Pogba spent three years with the Red Devils as a youngster.
As well as the FFP regulations being relaxed, Barcelona subsequently failed to convince Pogba to remain at Juventus for another year until their transfer embargo ended, and City will now look to steal in on his signature by making him the most expensive player in the Premier League.
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