Chelsea might yet have one last shot at landing France star Paul Pogba this summer, as Juventus president Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that his club may be unable to keep the midfielder.
Pogba has had the world at his feet since bursting onto the scene in Turin, and with that has come massive amounts of attention from some of the world’s biggest clubs.
Chelsea are credited as being one of those footballing superpowers looking to do a deal, with Jose Mourinho himself having lauded Pogba’s abilities in the past.
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Is it at all possible?
Despite the fact that the Portuguese coach told reporters earlier this week that his business was done for the summer, the Blues continue to be linked with a number of moves. If Mourinho is still interested, perhaps he’ll sit up and take notice of what Marotta has had to say.
"Pogba's future? In modern football the decision of the player is paramount, like with Tevez," he said, as relayed by FourFourTwo.
"It's obvious that we would like to keep him until he stops playing, but we can't afford to do anything crazy in terms of salaries and some clubs can guarantee twice what we can."
We’d be lying if we said that the likelihood of Pogba moving to Stamford Bridge this summer was high, but that doesn’t mean the deal is impossible, particularly as Chelsea have been fairly restrained with regards to their spending this summer.
Funds to play with
The reigning Premier League champions have landed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan and paid £8million for Asmir Begovic to fill the void left by Petr Cech, but compared to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool they haven’t made huge inroads in the market.
It can be assumed that a deal for FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman will be sorted in the coming days, one that would cost in the region of £20m, but even then Mourinho should have funds to play with if he so desires.
In that respect there are few players in the world who would stir his imagination quite like Pogba, who looks to be almost the complete midfielder in spite of his tender years.
The ideal arrival?
The 22-year-old could be what’s needed to make the perfect triumvirate at Stamford Bridge alongside Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas, and his arrival would certainly go down a storm with the fans.
As we said, it’s not hugely feasible at this point in time due to the amount of money it would take to convince Juventus to sell, and then the wages needed to turn Pogba’s head.
Marotta’s comments however appear to have opened the door, if only a fraction, so it remains to be seen if Mourinho has enough space to work his magic.
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