Man City are set to kick off a £100 million spending spree by biding for highly rated Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
City played down reports in Italy yesterday that they had already lodged a bid of £58m for Pogba but it is understood that contact has been made between the two clubs and a formal offer is likely to follow.
The Sun report that they will face fierce competition from Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News suggests Manuel Pellegrini will lodge a second bid for Raheem Sterling in the region of £40m, with the club prepared for a protracted battle for the Liverpool striker.
City made the first move for the England international on Thursday night - but saw their £30m offer rejected.