Chelsea will attempt to land top Manchester United target Paul Pogba this summer, by offering the Frenchman the most lucrative contract in their history.
Despite having secured a deal for former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas earlier this month, one which places him in the top bracket of earners at Stamford Bridge on an estimated £180,000-a-week, Jose Mourinho is reportedly desperate to land Pogba before the start of next season as he wants to pair him with January addition Nemanja Matic. Now Goal.com is claiming that Roman Abramovich will consent to breaking the bank by way of consenting to the young Frenchman being offered even more than Fabregas, meaning he’s prepared to make Pogba Chelsea’s highest earner.
Much has been made over Pogba’s ascension to the summit of the footballing pyramid since his move to Juventus, but for once none of it is the product of fans overestimating a player. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s best midfielders this season, and his influence in the middle of the park has been of great benefit to both Juventus and France.
Capable of operating in a deep position protecting the back four or alternatively further up the pitch as support for the attacking units, there really isn’t much Pogba hasn’t excelled at since United allowed him to leave the club back in 2012.
Interest from United
What makes any potential deal all the more interesting is the fact that United are clamouring to re-sign the man they once waved goodbye to. Recent speculation infers that Louis van Gaal has placed Pogba amongst his most desired targets for the summer, and that the Red Devils would be ready and willing to pay the mooted £60million it would take for Juve to consider letting him leave Italy.
It would appear that the former Premier League champions have swallowed their pride and now realise that a serious judgement error was made when Pogba was allowed to depart Old Trafford for nothing, and will likely fight Mourinho tooth and nail if the France international hints at a return to English football.
Suitability at Chelsea
Having already landed Fabregas on the back of signing Matic in January, it’s clear that Mourinho is building for the future with his midfield at the centre of his plans. The departure of Frank Lampard will inevitably take its toll, whether that be through on-pitch results or dressing room harmony, but make no mistake about it, a midfield containing the defensive solidity of Matic and Pogba, as well as the creative flair of Fabregas, would sweep all before it.
It’s difficult to imagine even a Yaya Toure-bolstered City having the edge on Chelsea in the middle of the park if Mourinho's dream trio is realised, and all the Special One needs is to confirm a deal for one man to make that happen.
Van Gaal’s pursuit
In effect my stance on this whole transfer debacle very much sides with the somewhat bizarre idea that Van Gaal could hand Chelsea the league if he can’t convince Pogba to opt for Old Trafford. The lack of Champions League football is a proverbial pain in the backside for the Dutchman, but it’s one he must successfully navigate if he is to beat Mourinho to perhaps the most exciting young talent in world football.
If he fails to do so then there’s no reason why the Blues shouldn’t run away with the league. Who says money can’t guarantee success?