Juventus are prepared to offer top Chelsea target Paul Pogba a contract which would see his wages increase from €1.5million-a-year to €4million-a-year without bonuses, in an attempt to ensure that he does not move to Stamford Bridge.
Widely considered as perhaps the most promising young midfielder in the world, Pogba’s future has long been the subject of mass speculation, as a number of top European sides have registered their interest. But, despite Manchester United being amongst the clubs clamouring to have his signature on their books, it would appear that Chelsea are the threat Juventus perceive as being the most pertinent, and chief Beppe Marotta is now actively seeking to tie the player to a new deal.
The contract to be wafted under the France international’s nose is said to be worth €4million-a-year, and would solidify his position as perhaps Antonio Conte’s most prized asset. With a valuation on his head of close to £60million all indications point towards the fact that the club are desperate to retain his services, which spells bad news for Jose Mourinho.
The Special One’s special one
Rumours have persisted in claiming that Mourinho is keen to land Pogba this season, where the 21-year-old would become the marquee name of his second Blues revolution. With Francesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic already poised to have a big say on Chelsea’s fortunes Mourinho is one midfielder away from having a very enviable triarch in his midfield indeed.
It’s been a while now since Roman Abramovich caused a stir by parting ways with huge amounts of case for an internationally recognised talent, and Pogba could well be the player who bucks the recent trend. It’s believed the Russian oligarch would consent to mass funds being put towards convincing Juve to sell, and Mourinho will certainly take advantage of that if given the chance.
With the race for his future hotter than ever, it will likely come down to Pogba’s personal decision as to whether or not he remains in Italy. The youngster has his current club to thank for overseeing his development for a player of promise to a global star, and there’s more than just a few fans who would be miffed were he to opt to jump ship.
That being said the chance to crack the Premier League will inevitably appeal to the former United man given his past, and the idea of becoming the focal point of Mourinho’s Chelsea, where the aim is to inflict as much damage to the Red Devils as possible on an annual basis, might well fit in with his long-term desires.