Chelsea have been made odds-on favourites to sign Manchester United target Paul Pogba in the transfer window.
The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for the French international this summer, and speculation over the player’s future has only intensified following Antonio Conte’s exit from Juventus.
Bookmaker SkyBet have certainly taken notice, and offer odds of 4/7 on the 21-year-old making the move to west London from Turin before September 2nd. PSG have been installed as second-favourites at 7/1, with Real Madrid next in the market at 15/2.
Then comes Manchester United, with new boss Louis van Gaal priced at 11/1 to bring the midfielder back to Old Trafford.
Pogba has already spent three years with the Red Devils, joining the club in a controversial transfer from Le Havre back in 2009. He’d make his first team debut in the 2011/12 season, but after failing to truly hit it off with Sir Alex Ferguson, he left for nothing after not signing a new contract.
He’s been an instant hit at Juventus, helping the club win back-to-back Serie ‘A’ titles and playing a staring role - including seven goals in 36 league appearances last season. On the international stage, he now has three goals in 15 appearances, and featured in this summer’s World Cup as Les Bleus made it to the quarter-finals.
However, his future would appear to be anything but clear, even though his agent rubbished rumours of a move away from the Italian giants as recently as the weekend.
Much has changed at the club since then, although the price-tag is likely to remain high, with £60million the figure recently quoted.
Whilst that figure is high, Chelsea do have a track record of spending big to get the players they want at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres is the club’s record signing, moving to the King’s Road for £50million.
And, manager Jose Mourinho has already been busy this summer, signing Cesc Fabregas ahead of the World Cup and Diego Costa after it. The Blues have also agreed a fee to bring Felipe Luis to Stamford Bridge.
Icing on the cake
Pogba would be the icing on the cake if Chelsea were able to lure him back to the Premier League, and the bookies clearly believe they are well placed to bring him to the club. However, his former club maybe shouldn’t be so far off the pace in the market, given their moves already in this transfer window.
Van Gaal has brought Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to Manchester United for big sums of money, and reports last month claimed the former champions have made enquiries over the youngster’s potential availability.
The same bookie reacted by making the Red Devils favourites to sign the player, but one month on the tables appear to have turned in the Blues' favour.