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Manchester City holds talks with the in-demand midfielder : Paul Pogba.

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:50 GMT, May 12, 2015 |
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Manchester City have held talks with highly-rated Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. City’s representatives travelled to Turin to speak to the France international over a potential transfer to the Etihad Stadium.

However, dethroned Premier League champions City face stiff competition as the 22-year-old has also been linked with Paris St Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and former club Manchester United.

The Italian champions are keen to keep Pogba, who is under contract until June 2019, and have slapped a price-tag of a minimum of 100 M euros on their prized possession. City are believed to be the first club to visit northern Italy in their bid to sign Pogba and any deal is likely to involve other players as makeweights. PSG are reportedly willing to meet Juve’s valuation of the player but the figure is understood to have seen Real Madrid cool their interest. Barca are currently restrained by a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for 2015, while Juventus team-mate Andrea Pirlo has dismissed the chances of Pogba returning to Old Trafford.

Pogba, meanwhile, is focused on facing Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabau on Wednesday night. “Ready for Madrid? I’m always ready,” said Pogba.

The in-demand midfielder returned from 52 days on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle at the weekend and marked his comeback with a goal against Cagliari. “Ready for Madrid? I’m always ready,” said Pogba.