Sunday 18 March 2018

Man City ready to splash €150m on Pogba and Stones as Guardiola to be handed transfer warchest

Paul Pogba, left, and Everton defender John Stones
Paul Pogba, left, and Everton defender John Stones

Samuel Stevens

Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be handed with a hefty war chest designed to lure Paul Pogba and John Stones to the Etihad, according to reports.

The 45-year-old has agreed a three-year contract equating to an annual salary of €20m (£15.5m) in a deal which not only makes him the highest paid coach in world football but also eclipses every Premier League player’s wages too.

Bayern Munich boss Guardiola will enjoy the backing of Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Daily Mail report moves for Pogba, the Juventus ace, and Everton defender Stones will be sanctioned imminently. Across his spells in Bavaria and Barcelona, the Catalonian has lost only 19 of his 239 league games as a manager.

City hope the appointment will help them attract players in an elite market often dominated by the likes of Real Madrid and Barca. Pogba and Stones have reportedly been the subject of tentative interest from both the Spanish giants in recent months, seemingly gazumping long-term admirers Chelsea without even making an official bid for the pair.

Last year Juventus reportedly told Barcelona that they would only listen to offers of €100m for the French international.

Chelsea had bids of £20m, £26m and £30m turned down by Everton who are believed to be holding out for a fee of £38m for the central defender.

(© Independent News Service)

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