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Chelsea and Manchester City favourites in Paul Pogba transfer battle

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Chelsea and Manchester City are in pole position to land Juventus star Paul Pogba this summer if he chooses to leave Turin, ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

The France international, who has risen to prominence over the past two years in Italy, has a number of lucrative suitors for his signature, and has been widely tipped to make a big-money transfer switch at the end of this season.

Possible exit

Juventus have thus far played down the speculation regarding his exit, with chief Beppe Marotta supposedly only ready to allow him to leave if he asks for as much, and yet the rumours continue to come thick and fast.

The latest number on the subject, coming courtesy of Spanish newspaper Sport, states that Chelsea and City are in the best possible position for a number of different reasons. Primarily there’s the fact that they play in the Premier League, a division Pogba is said to be keen to conquer, and there’s also the help that England’s top flight recently secured a new deal for the television rights for the next three years worth £1.7 billion.

That figure is set to give clubs in England even more money to play with, and so the big-spenders may yet be able to top what the likes of Real and PSG can afford to offer.

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Relevant interest

City’s interest in Pogba is believed to stem from the fact that Yaya Toure is steadily heading towards the end of his career. The big Ivorian has been nothing if not consistently exceptional for the Manchester giants, and his presence in the midfield has served as a flagship for their success.

Meanwhile yesterday it was reported that Jose Mourinho has made the 21-year-old his priority signing for the summer, so there can be little doubting Chelsea’s position in the hunt.

For both sides the acquisition of the midfielder makes perfect sense given how quickly he has developed into a classy asset at Juve. The Serie A champions have moulded him into a complete player, and there’s few individuals in the modern game who can compete with him in terms of all-round ability. At City that skill could be channeled into one day filling the boots of Toure, at Chelsea it could be utilised to complement the efforts of Francesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic.

Sticking point?

Yet there is a shadow of worry to be cast over any potential move to the Premier League in the form of the Financial Fair Play rules. The guidelines have already looked to curb City’s outrageous spending, and with Pogba valued at at least £44 million, the aforementioned clubs may have to sell players in order to raise cash to fund any potential transfer.

Chelsea and Manchester City fans, just how good could Paul Pogba be at your respective clubs? Is he worth the £44 million Juventus might accept for him? Let us know in the comments box below...

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