Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton centre-back John Stones has been one of the longest-lasting transfer sagas of this summer, with the west London club expected come in with a last-ditch bid to prise the youngster away from Merseyside after seeing an array of previous bids rejected.
The bid would come even despite Everton manager Roberto Martinez claiming that there was no chance of the 21-year-old England international leaving after handing in a transfer request, which is highly unlikely to put off Chelsea.
Paul Pogba too has been the subject of Chelsea interest, with various reports suggesting that the Blues are preparing a mega-money bid for the 22-year-old Frenchman, though it remains to be seen whether Juventus will entertain any discussions for their talismanic midfielder before the 6 o'clock deadline on Tuesday.
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However, both Stones and Pogba are amongst the highest-rated youngsters in Europe, with the question being - how would the pair impact Chelsea should they make a last-minute move?
The former would likely take the first-team place of skipper John Terry, who has endured a nightmare to a season that held so much promise. The Chelsea veteran was substituted in the club's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at half-time, and followed up with a sending off in the Blues' narrow 3-2 victory against West Brom.
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Stones would bring pace and youth to a Chelsea defence screaming for a revamp, emphised further by the glaring decline of Branislav Ivanovic, and would gain experience from being surrounded by regulars Cahill and Azpilicueta.
Paul Pogba, on the other hand, would provide Chelsea further steal in central midfielder, with his strength, vision and attacking threat a perfect coupling with midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic.
Pogba would likely take the place of Spaniard Cesc Fabregas who, despite enjoying a spectacular debut season at Stamford Bridge, has looked off the pace and has often been guilty of gifting possession away too easily and failing to adequately protect his defence.
Pogba’s arrival would mean for Fabregas to compete with Brazilians Oscar and Willian for the number 10 role, should neither player be used in a deal to lure the coveted Frenchman to west London, of course.
The former Manchester United man's attacking qualities, in his ability from set pieces and long range shots, would provide a constant goal threat - something that would ease the burden currently placed on Eden Hazard and Diego Costa's shoulders.
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