The amount of hot air generated around Paul Pogba’s name in the past week has been enough to power the rumour mill single-handed and Man City have now emerged as potential front-runners to bring him to the Premier League.
The less advanced midfield roles are one of the few areas in which Manuel Pellegrini’s side could conceivably strengthen and adding the French international to their roster could see their 7/4 Premier League title odds shorten further.
Juve had already admitted that they would find it difficult to turn down a lucrative offer for Pogba.
£40m has been the widely-circulated price deemed necessary to prise the 20-year-old away from the Old Lady and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli suggested that such an offer would be difficult for the Italian champions to refuse.
However, City are likely to face competition for the player’s signature on financial grounds from several other clubs with World Bank-bothering cash reserves including Arsenal, Chelsea and Ligue 1 old money PSG.
Patrick Vieira’s presence at City could potentially be a massive lure for Pogba.
Comparisons between the two men aren’t hard to make with both athletic, tough-tackling French international midfielders who like to get forward and possess more than a touch of class.
The former Arsenal and Juventus man was the young Pogba’s idol and has been credited with offering him guidance in the past, including when advising him to swap Manchester Utd for Juventus in 2012.
There is a distinct gap in class between Yaya Toure and Fernandinho and their understudies.
Having loaned Premier League-winning defensive-midfielder Gareth Barry to Everton, City have only part-time centre-half Javi Garcia and the lesser spotted Jack Rodwell to intercede should either of the first choice duo come a cropper.
With this in mind a move for Pogba looks distinctly feasible as the second-string pair started just 24 and six of their club’s 52 games in all competitions last season respectively.