A throwaway line in the middle of an article in French daily L’Equipe has been picked up on Wednesday.
In an article looking at various transfer deals, L’Equipe announced that Manchester City are set to offer Paul Pogba a €17 million a year contract in order to persuade the midfielder to leave Juventus.
L’Equipe play down expectations that Man City can sign Pogba this summer, due to the current financial fair play rules, and the suggestion is that City will make their move for Pogba in 2016.
Were City to sign the French international, the deal would be a thumb in the eye of Man United, who allowed Pogba to leave Old Trafford during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at the club.
Looking at Pogba’s immediate future, many expect the 22-year-old to remain in Turin for the 2015-16 Serie A season.
After winning the Scudetto last season, and reaching the Champions League final, Pogba, along with many of the Juve squad, should stay put at the Bianconeri, particularly as many of the players will be hoping for another successful and settled season ahead of next summer’s European Championships in France.
A copy of L’Equipe’s claim that Man City could offer Pogba a €17m a year contract is below.
— Omid Zamani (@OmldZamani) June 10, 2015