Man City plotting four-player swoop for the same cost as Paul Pogba

Neighbours United hope to announce the world-record signing of Juventus and France midfielder Pogba this week.

The fee could be as high as £112million for the France powerhouse, 23.

But Cityv are trying to spend that amount on their next four transfer targets – and it could even be less than that huge fee.

They want Everton’s England defender John Stones, 22, for £40m, although the Goodison club are holding out for £50m.

City boss Pep Guardiola also wants Schalke’s Germany winger Leroy Sane, 20, for £35m.

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4 for 1: Pep’s making his money go a little further than United

And the Blues are chasing two talented teenagers from South America.

Yesterday they were wrapping up a £8m deal for highly rated Colombian winger Marlos Moreno, 19, from Atletico Nacional.

That deal is with a view to then loaning Moreno to Deportivio La Coruna in Spain.

Then there’s Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus, also 19, at Palmeiras and a member of his country’s squad for the Rio Olympics.

Samba superstar Neymar has said he wants Jesus to join him at Barcelona. But the striker, who is set to leave Brazil for around £19m, is understood to have an ambition to play for Guardiola.

United’s deal for Pogba, meanwhile, is still not entirely done according to his agent Mino Raiola.

And as long as that situation exists, there will be the fear at Old Trafford that Real Madrid could yet hijack the deal.

Raiola himself is seeking a £25m payment for his role in a transfer that is the most remarkable ever.

And that’s not just due to the mind boggling amount of money involved.

It is also because Pogba walked out on United just four years ago when his contract expired.

He felt he wasn’t being given enough opportunities under United’s manager at the time – Sir Alex Ferguson.

And all United received for losing him to Juve was £800,000 in compensation.

But new United boss Jose Mourinho wants him back at the club as the final piece in his Old Trafford jigsaw as he creates a reshaped side including his other summer signings Eric Bailly, 22, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27.

And it seems that, once again, money is not a barrier to United’s ambitions.

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