Chelsea could prevent Manchester United signing Juventus star Arturo Vidal this summer - by making a £60 million offer for the Chile international’s club teammate, Paul Pogba. Speculation that the 21-year-old is poised to sign for the Blues increased this week after he was spotted in London on Thursday.
According to the Express, Chelsea are preparing a bid for Pogba, but will need to produce a record £60 million offer to stand any realistic chance of bringing the France international to Stamford Bridge this summer. The Italian champions may also consider a cash-plus-player offer involving Brazilian midfielder Ramires.
Juventus keen to keep either Pogba or Vidal
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be left empty handed in his pursuit of 27-year-old Vidal because Juventus are keen to keep at least one of their star central midfielders in Turin ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Although Pogba is six years younger with significantly more potential than Vidal, Chelsea’s £60 million bid is more lucrative and would allow the Serie A title holders to bolster their squad further following the imminent arrivals of Spain Under-21 international Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid and Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.
Not only that, but such a large cash injection would also enable Juventus to balance their books this summer.
Mourinho intent on signing Pogba
While Manchester United have a long-standing interest in bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford, two years after he left the Red Devils, Chelsea are currently front of the queue, with the Blues willing to pay what it takes to land the world-class central midfielder.
Mourinho has already spent big money acquiring the signatures of Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively. Croatia Under-21 international Mario Pasalic has also signed, while the £20 million signing of Atletico left-back Filipe Luis will bring the Blues’ summer expenditure to a cool £94 million.
If Chelsea successfully secure the services of Pogba, they will have spent over £150 million this summer alone - outlining Mourinho’s determination to win silverware next season after a trophy-less first campaign back at Stamford Bridge.
Pogba & Vidal: Juventus superstar
What next for Manchester United?
Manchester United have already signed Spain Under-21 international Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao for £29 million, but it’s widely acknowledged that the Red Devils need at least one more top-class central midfielder to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City next season.
Missing out on Vidal - a world-class midfielder - would be a major blow for Van Gaal, who may switch his attention to other options if Juventus decide not to allow the South American to leave Turin.
That, however, will depend on whether or not Mourinho is successful in his pursuit of Pogba.