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With a lack of certainty that Manuel Pellegrini will be able to lure in Juventus star midfielder Paul Pogba, Manchester City is reportedly looking at Lars Bender as a second option.
According to the Mirror and Pundit Arena, there is a distinct possibility that Man City will be unable to pry Pogba away from Juventus for the reported £70 million asking price. With Chelsea willing to empty the vault in a bidding war for Pogba, Man City is apparently looking at Bayer Leverkusen defensive midfielder Lars Bender as a backup plan.
Bender’s asking price might be as low as its ever been after he played in just 19 games in Bundesliga in the 2014-15 season – the fewest games he’s played in since the 2008-09 season. Bender’s injuries dating back to the summer also cost the German National Team starter to miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Nonetheless, Bender has been a model of consistency for Bayer Leverkusen, recording 14 goals in 156 appearances for the club.