Guardiola plotting to smash British transfer record to kick off Man City era

Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has already spoken to the club about a record-breaking £80m move for Paul Pogba, according to reports from the Independent.

The Spaniard is set to take over at the Etihad Stadium after the cub announced on Monday that he will replace Manuel Pellegrini when his contract with Bayern Munich expires in just under six months’ time.

It’s already been claimed that Guardiola can expect a transfer kitty of around £150m, opening up the possibility of snapping up some of the planet’s best players, and reports claim that Pogba is a name to have been discussed.

The £80m needed to lure him from Juventus would usurp the current highest fee paid by a British club – Manchester United’s £59.7m for Angel di Maria – although it would still fall short of the global record set by Gareth Bale’s £86m switch to Real Madrid.

Pogba offers a decent level of Champions League experience despite his young age, which might be of benefit as Guardiola may be tasked with making an impact in Europe.