It appears that Manchester City are prepared to throw everything they can into signing Paul Pogba from Juventus, according to Spanish outlet AS, in order to beat Catalan giants Barcelona to the signing of the French star.
Even though Barcelona are still in the midst of their FIFA transfer ban, which prevents them officially registering players in their squad until January 2016, it certainly hasn't prevented them remaining active in the transfer market, following the arrivals of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla and Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid.
Pogba is highlighted as a must have signing by the Barcelona presidential candidates, as they jostle for votes in the upcoming elections. Indeed, all the leading candidates have mentioned positive talks with both his agents, and Juventus.
As such, Manchester City know that if they're to beat Barcelona to the signing of Pogba this summer, they'll have to pull out all the stops. Juventus apparently remain reluctant to sell their star midfielder to anyone, but might be more willing if tempting players are offered in exchange.
This is the line AS are suggesting Manchester City will take to secure the services of Pogba, by offering Spanish attacking midfielder David Silva in part-exchange, hopeful this could prove a key ingredient to cracking open successful negotiations with Juventus.
Additionally of course, Manchester City also have the UEFA Financial Fair Play strictures to consider, which is said to be holding them back on any firm move for Pogba at present, until they receive confirmation the restrictions will be provisionally lifted, which the Premier League side are expected to be informed of soon.
Juventus are said to value Pogba at around €100 million, which is undoubtedly a huge price for any club to pay, although with Silva valued at up to €60 million according to the reports, Manchester City could significantly reduce their required cash outlay.