Chelsea chase £3m United midfielder

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Chelsea are set to launch a £3million bid to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba according to The People.

The 18-year-old Frenchman has alerted a number of rival Barclays Premier League clubs, after talks over a new deal at Old Trafford continues to stall.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to keep hold of one of the club's brightest youth prospects, and is determined not to let Pogba leave for Stamford Bridge.

But, the youngster's representatives are holding out for a £45,000-a-week deal, for a player who has so far failed to start a game outside the Carling Cup for Manchester United.

Ferguson is dismayed by Pogba's unrealistic wage demands, leading to speculation that Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is preparing a bid to lure him to west London.

Pogba is just one of three current United stars whose respective futures are in doubt, with Ravel Morrison and first-team striker Danny Welbeck also holding out for new bumper deals.

Chelsea would also be willing to take Welbeck, who is looking to quadruple his current wages to around £60,000-a-week.

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