Chelsea are plotting an audacious attempt to prise Paul Pogba away from Juventus in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
That is according to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, who says Roman Abramovich has already approved a £60million bid for the midfielder.
The Blues are looking to get their Premier League title defence back on track after garnering just one point from their opening two games, including a convincing defeat against Manchester City.
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Jose Mourinho has already signed left-back Baba Rahman in a £21.7m deal and yesterday sealed Barcelona's Pedro for a very similar price. However, the Blues could still blow another £100m between now and September 1.
A final bid for John Stones, worth £40m, is already expected to be thrown Everton's way. It is a price that Roberto Martinez is reportedly willing to sell at and should see the 21-year-old make his long-awaited move to Stamford Bridge.
While the signing of Stones seems more or less a sure thing, a deal to sign Pogba is still very much unlikely, but that won't stop Mourinho launching a club record bid in the coming days.
An unlikely deal
They hope that Juventus will agree to sell for £60m, but the Serie A champions may not be willing to let the 22-year-old go so close to the deadline.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri will demand time to reinvest the money, but may not get the chance as the window draws to a close.
Pogba too is in no hurry to leave Turin. He has just been awarded the iconic No.10 shirt, worn previously by Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidance and Alessandro Del Pierro and remains a key player in the squad.
However, Juventus are very much interested in Juan Cuadrado and Oscar. A deal including both players plus a sizeable cash sum could convince Juventus to sell. Probably not though.