Following the successful pursuits of River Plate striker Julian Alvarez and Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, Manchester City officials have quickly shifted their focus to other areas of the squad that need a summer refresh.
One of those positions is central midfield, especially given the imminent exit of Brazilian veteran Fernandinho, following his silver-laden nine years with Manchester City.
While Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is now believed to be Manchester City’s top transfer target in the role, one such name that has been under consideration in recent weeks was Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, with a reunion believed to have took place between Pep Guardiola and the Frenchman to discuss a possible move.
This is according to information from The Athletic, which reports that Pep Guardiola has personally met Paul Pogba to discuss a move to Manchester City, with the Catalan manager explaining to the World Cup winner exactly why he wanted him to join. his team this summer.
Laurie Whitwell’s report for The Athletic goes on to reveal Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain presented a ‘important contract offer‘ to Paul Pogba, that would have made him one of the highest earners at the club – although not as high as deals struck by Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
In the end, it is a transfer that will not take place.
The Athletic report that while Paul Pogba considered Manchester City’s offer, the player was unsurprisingly aware of the media furor that would be unleashed by Manchester’s breach of the divide, and more importantly according to Laurie Whitwell, after the burglary of the player’s home in March, he felt a change of scenery was needed.
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While the failed signing of Paul Pogba will now give Europe’s elite the opportunity to have a free run against the player, Manchester City will likely be more focused than ever on securing their key midfield targets. – especially Kalvin Phillips.
The Leeds United midfielder is said to be currently favoring a move to the Etihad Stadium rather than Manchester United, and City officials are likely to have to present an initial outlay in excess of £40m to land the Englishman.
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