MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City are reportedly plotting a move for a former Manchester United player, according to the latest paper rumors.
The Sun is reporting that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking to swoop for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, as a replacement for Yaya Toure.
It is understood that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are still interested in signing Toure after making it known in the summer that he was one of the players high on their shopping list.
The Ivory Coast international has been the subject of criticisms this season, following his slow start to the campaign and he has refused to rule out the chance of leaving the Etihad Stadium for the Parc des Princes, which has put all parties on alert.
“You never close the door to a big club,” Toure was quoted as saying in an interview with French radio station RMC last month. “The important thing is to continue my job, you do not know what might happen tomorrow.
“It is always an objective to play at big clubs and win trophies,” he added.
It is believed that Toure, although committed to the English Premier League champions until the remainder of the season, is not looking past the current campaign and Manchester City are looking for a long-term replacement.
Pogba is seen as the ideal midfielder to replace the 31-year-old Toure.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has been in superb form since moving to the Serie A to join Juventus from Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012.
A number of club’s including the Red Devils, have been linked with a move for the powerful central midfielder, but Manchester City are apparently ready to pay whatever it takes to seal a deal for the World Cup star.
In other Manchester City news, the Daily Mirror is reporting that another Frenchman, Samir Nasri could be on his way out of the club after apparently claiming that he will not stay at the Etihad if he is no longer wanted by the club.