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Chelsea make €50m plus Oscar offer for Paul Pogba

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Chelsea have offered Juventus €50 million plus playmaker Oscar for in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba according to reports in Spain. 

However their bid has been dwarfed by Manchester City who have tabled an offer worth €100 million, while Spanish giants Barcelona have put together a bid worth €90 million all in.

Pogba is perhaps the most in-demand player in football at the moment, and is attracting serious offers from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. The French international has helped Juventus win three Serie A titles since he swapped Old Trafford for Turin, while he helped them reach last season's Champions League final too.

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Reports from Spain regarding Barcelona's interest have been frequent in the past few weeks and newspaper Sport claim that Juventus like the look of Barcelona's offer most, because they won't complete a deal for him until their transfer ban is complete in January 2016.

Barcelona are expected to finalise their offer and put it to Juventus in the coming days - however they won't have it all their own way at least two Premier League big boys lurking. Chelsea are reportedly willing to use Juventus' interest in Oscar to lure Pogba to Stamford Bridge.

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Boss Massimiliano Allegri has already admitted he'd like to try and sign the Brazilian and although Jose Mourinho would ideally like to keep him, he may be sacrificed in order to land Pogba.

"I like Isco and Oscar, whilst out of the Italian youngsters I like [Domenico] Berardi and [Federico] Bernardeschi," the Juventus boss said. "Without Tevez and Pirlo, Juve will have to change and adapt to new ways of working."

Big money

Barcelona are said to be offering €80 million plus a further €10 million in performance-related variables, while Manchester City have blown both of their rivals out of the water with a €100 million offer - but Sport say the problem with both offers from Chelsea and Manchester City are that they want Pogba this summer as opposed to next year.

Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the 22-year-old, but the French giants are waiting to hear the outcome of their Financial Fair Play appeal and for now they remain fiscally limited. 

Opinion

Barcelona are in the midst of a presidential election and both candidates are using Pogba to boost their campaigns. That explains why there are so many Pogba stories appearing in the Spanish press.

The Chelsea offer is an interesting one as Oscar is their best number 10 - unless Jose Mourinho plans to shift Eden Hazard inside and use Willian and Juan Cuadrado on the wings. That would be a pretty formidable unit but Pogba alongside Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic would be the most feared midfield group in the world.

Finish the sentence: At the start of the season, Pogba will be playing for _________

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