Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to revamp his ageing squad and has reportedly been given the green light to offer in excess of £86million for Paul Pogba.
Reports elsewhere have previously suggested that Barcelona, as per the Daily Star, and Real Madrid, as per the Daily Mail, are in the race for Pogba, whose agent Mino Raiola believes it will take a world-record bid to lure him away from Turin, as per ESPN.
Goal also had it last month that Paris Saint-Germain have already agreed a deal worth £58m in principle for the France international but Manchester City, free of the Financial Fair Play sanctions that restricted their activity in the transfer market last summer, are in a position to make a bid far in excess of what their main competitors are permitted to offer.
City need to revamp their squad in order to really challenge for the Premier League title again next season and push for an improvement in the Champions League, which has been an underwhelming story so far for the Manchester outfit.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, in a message to the club's supporters via their official website, reiterated his desire to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's squad with "high-quality players" and the Goal report in question understands the club's hierarchy view Pogba as the potential jewel in their crown.