Paul Pogba could be about to deal Manchester United and Chelsea a very early blow to their January transfer plans, with reports suggesting that Juventus are preparing to reward the exciting midfielder with a new contract that includes a bumper payrise.
According to the latest speculation from The Daily Express, both aforementioned Premier League giants were expected to renew their respective interest in £60 million-rated Pogba when the transfer window re-opens for business in the new year.
However, the possibility of either Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho tempting the budding French international back to English football appear to be dwindling fast, with the same source suggesting that Juventus are planning to offer Pogba a lucrative contract that will initially run until 2018 and see his annual wage in Turin jump from £1.2 million to £3.6 million.
Pogba first joined Juventus from Manchester United back in 2011, after becoming visibly frustrated with a lack of regular first-team opportunities available to him during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
While he never quite had the chance to fully demonstrate his quality on a consistent basis at Old Trafford, Pogba has since proved a huge success and become a vital component of the Old Lady's midfield during his three-year stint at the Juventus Stadium.
As well as winning consecutive Serie A titles, the incredibly skilful 21-year-old has scored a number of eye-catching goals in Italy and also further his international cause with 18 senior caps for his native France.
Indeed, Pogba's ability has been on show for all to see during the current international break, with his performances in Thursday's friendly against Spain and last night's tie against Serbia drawing plaudits from across the French media.
Manchester United/Chelsea interest
Given the somewhat controversial nature of his departure from Manchester United, a potential return to the club for Pogba always seemed a somewhat farfetched idea.
However, with Ferguson and hapless successor David Moyes now having moved on, perhaps the club were right to be more hopeful of bringing the player back now they have a universally respected and renowned figure in Louis van Gaal at the helm.
Chelsea's chances of landing Pogba always seemed far more realistic, although Jose Mourinho cannot exactly plead poverty when it comes to his midfield options given that summer arrival Cesc Fabregas looks on course to form one of the top-flight's most formidable partnerships in the coming months alongside Serbian Nemanja Matic.