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Paul Pogba links up with Chelsea on Football Manager

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French midfield marvel and former Manchester United misfit Paul Pogba has used computer game Football Manager to sign for Chelsea and link up with Frank Lampard in a dream central partnership for Blues fans, using World Cup downtime to take over Jose Mourinho's role at Stamford Bridge on the hugely popular management simulation.

Ruthless Pogba picked himself alongside Lampard in a Chelsea side also including Manchester United's club-record £37m signing Juan Mata, but there was no room for Blues captain John Terry.

Pogba features in a midfield five also including Eden Hazard and Oscar, with Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez leading the line as Chelsea prepared to face Arsenal on the 21-year-old's version of the leading football management franchise.

The interesting way to wind down was revealed by the French Football Federation as they showed their stars relaxing on the plane from Salvador to Ribeirao Poreto following a 5-2 win over Switzerland on Friday night, but despite being a flight of fancy for now it must raise the hopes of Chelsea fans that they can one day sign arguably Europe's hottest young talent.

Dream Premier League switch?

Manchester United, Chelsea and indeed any other potential real-life suitor for the Juventus starlet have been quoted an eye-watering £60m to make Football Manager a reality this summer, a price tag that only shows signs of increasing as Pogba continues to shine for club and country.

Pogba has emerged as a key figure for club and country over the last 18 months to banish a frustrating time at Manchester United, which saw Red Devils boss decide against offered the youngster first-team opportunities in a move which continues to look increasingly baffling.

Juventus have revitalised the 21-year-old's career and formed a terrific midfield trio also featuring Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vida, but Europe's top clubs are attempting to break that partnership up this summer.

Deal or no deal?

The Old Lady have a very difficult dilemma on their hands this summer, do they cash-in while both Pogba and Vidal are at the very peak of their powers at lofty valuations, or they continue to rebuff interest in one or both while dominating Serie A with relative ease?

Pogba is on the radar of United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and surely just about every major European club with serious cash reserves, but still has just over two years left on his current Juve deal.

With France making strong progress in the World Cup the South American showpiece has given Pogba another platform to show off his skills, plus keep building his Football Manager career in the Premier League with Chelsea on flights across Brazil.

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