According to Spanish sources, the reigning Premier League champions are willing to part with both Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko to sign the young French talent.

The news comes just hours after rivals Manchester United were linked with a swap deal of their own that included Robin van Persie plus £54m.

It remains unclear how much cash City will offer in addition, but it's likely to be less than United's reported offer.

The Premier League duo face stiff competition from Chelsea and Barcelona, however the latter are unable to make any signings due to a strict transfer embargo for breaching Fifa rules.