Chelsea are weighing up a £60million move to bring Paul Pogba to the club, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims Blues boss Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the French international, who would come with a significant Financial Fair Play benefit if lured back to England.
Pogba spent time at the Manchester United academy as a youngster, and despite failing to break into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson, would count as a ‘home-grown’ player if brought back to the Premier League.
And, reports on Friday claimed Chelsea would be willing to at least match their top earners with a contract in the region of £180,000-a-week.
Despite his undoubted talent, Pogba and Ferguson never appeared to be working in sync, and when the French international left Old Trafford, he was happy to point the finger at the Scot.
Fergie falling out
"It was all down to Ferguson. I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there,” he told The Times back in 2013.
"He obviously thought I didn’t deserve the contract I asked for and didn’t put me in the Manchester United team even though he had no midfield players, it was his choice.”
Despite the previous friction, Manchester United are interested in re-signing Pogba in the summer transfer window, according to the report, with Ferguson now gone and Louis van Gaal at the helm. However, the Red Devils are not willing to pay the huge fee for the Juventus playmaker.
Chelsea have already taken advantage of the Financial Fair Play rules, signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona - another player who spent time at a Premier League academy as a youngster.
The Blues now have a plethora of options in midfield, with the most-recent Spanish signing joining Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Nemanja Matic and more at Stamford Bridge.
Pogba would be the biggest signing of them all, and at £60million the most expensive by a significant margin. It remains to be seen if the Chelsea boss can lure Pogba to west London over the next couple of months, but his arrival would be a major coup for the club ahead of next season's crack at the title.
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