Manchester City have returned to the top of the queue in the race to sign Paul Pogba after Barcelona pulled out due to cash constraints.
The Catalans reportedly had an agreement with Juventus to sign the midfielder for £85million this summer but have been forced to pull the plug due to some self-imposed financial restrictions.
The European champions have now shifted their focus on securing a young central defender to partner Gerard Pique next season.
John Stones is on their radar, but they haven’t put serious efforts into luring the young Everton defender as they believe he will prefer a move to another Premier League club.
Barca had prepared a £250,000 per week deal for Pogba, with the expectation that he would join at the end of the current season and the player had also told friends he preferred a move to Spain, but that have been forced to focus on tying down their best players instead.
Lionel Messi and Neymar are on the verge of extending their deals, while an extension is also on the horizon for Sergio Busquests, who has however said he might be tempted to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The development now leaves City at the head of the queue for the former Manchester United youngster, which Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also interested.
It remains to be seen where the Frenchman will play next season, given the amount of interests in him, but it is almost certain he will leave the old Lady at the end of the season.