Report: Manchester City plot Lars Bender move if Paul Pogba pursuit fails

Lars Bender Germany

Manuel Pellegrini's side will reportedly move for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder should the Frenchman turn them down.

Manchester City will make a move for German midfielder Lars Bender if they fail in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, according to the Mirror.

The Juventus midfielder is believed to be City’s top target this summer but is attracting interest from a number of Europe’s elite sides, meaning the Blues could be forced to spend as much as £70 milllion for any potential transfer.

However, it is believed the Frenchman may stay in Turin for another year, despite their Champions League disappointment against Barcelona, so that he can secure a move to the Catalan giants once their transfer ban comes to an end in January next year, according to the same paper.

The hierarchy at the Etihad are aware of this potential move and are said to be plotting a Plan B, with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Bender thought to be their number one alternative.

As the paper reports, City are in need of new signings to refresh an ageing squad and see the 26-year-old as an ideal signing.

They have reportedly watched him consistently over the last six months and are not put off by a potential £25 million asking price.

Leverkusen would be loathe to lose their star man however, although the offer of European football and increased wages could prove too tempting for him to resist.

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