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Jose Mourinho willing to sell two players to sign Paul Pogba

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is willing to sell John Obi Mikel and Ramires to fund a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

According to the London Evening Standard, the 21-year-old remains one of Chelsea's top transfer targets this summer. And despite quotes from Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, insisting that the midfielder is happy in Turin, the report claims Mourinho will pursue a transfer.

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The 21-year-old is set to be in action for France against Nigeria this evening as Didier Deschamps' side look to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Chelsea have been keeping tabs on Pogba since he joined Juventus in the summer of 2012 from Manchester United, and even his massive £60m asking price has not put off the suitors.

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He featured against Switzerland and Ecuador but was rested for the second group stage match against Honduras - although he did come on late as a second-half substitute.

Other suitors

Several clubs have been linked with Pogba, including United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. A return to United looks unlikely following their capture of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, and they look more focussed on signing up William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.

PSG would be an obvious destination for Pogba should he wish to return to France while Real Madrid are training much of their attention on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.

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FFP considerations

Chelsea, unlike PSG, are least looking to pay lip-service to UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations and in this regard the £48m sale of David Luiz has helped them out here.

But to spend up to £60m on a single player, Mourinho must recoup some money from the sale of Chelsea players. Obi Mikel has not been a favourite under the Blues boss, and would not be a huge loss.

Having said that, he wouldn't fetch much either which means Mourinho may also have to sell Ramires, who has been linked with Real Madrid. A double deal for both could go someway towards recovering a portion of the £60m fee, but it is still unlikely to cover the majority.

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