Chelsea & Arsenal handed Pogba transfer chance

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Juventus president Adnrea Agnelli admits the Serie A club will find it hard to turn down a bumper bid for Paul Pogba.

Agnelli claims the Italian giants no longer have the strength to keep hold of Pogba if a substantial bid arrives.

The Frenchman moved to Italy from Manchester United in August 2012, having become frustrated with the lack of first team football at Old Trafford.

The youngster has impressed since he arrived in Turin, becoming a first team regular under manager Antonio Conte and lifting the Serie 'A' title last season.

Juventus are reportedly close to agreeing new contract terms with Pogba, who was a reported summer transfer target of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Despite the club's desire to keep the player, Agnelli admits it would be difficult to keep hold of the midfielder if a huge bid arrived.

"If I was to judge it from a footballers' point of view, Italy is no longer the final destination but a transit destination," he said.

"I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years' time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today, Pogba, the French 20-year-old.

"Would we be able to retain him? I don't know. I don't think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player.

"Look at what happened to AC Milan. They had to give away Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to pay the cheques.

"At the end of the day you can be attractive, but you also need to have the economic strength."

Despite Agnelli's admission, Pogba remains committed to Juventus and claimed in a interview that he does not see himself playing for a different club.

That could be a blow for the interested Premier League parties, who both could use the youngster's services.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a track record of bringing top young players to the Emirates Stadium, particularly from his homeland.

However, he missed out on Pogba when he first came to England, and the Gunners won't want to fail in their pursuit of the player for a second time.

The 20-year-old would certainly have no trouble settling in if he did move to north London, with Les Bleus internationals Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny all in the Arsenal first team.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have spent big on top young players in recent times, and manager Jose Mourinho continued that trend this summer.

The Blues boss brought Marco Van Ginkel, Christian Atsu and Andre Schurrle to Stamford Bridge, as he looks to build a lasting legacy for owner Roman Abramovich.

And, Pogba would be the icing on the cake for the Chelsea manager, with the central midfielder destined for great things at whichever club he ends up at.

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