Paris Saint-Germain are planning an enormous £60 million bid for Paul Pogba, with the French giants seemingly providing a serious threat to Manchester United and Chelsea's hopes of landing the midfielder.
News of such a plot comes from sources in Italy cited by The Daily Star, who further claim that both aforementioned Premier League clubs have displayed an interest in bringing Pogba - who left Old Trafford in 2011 - back to England, with new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal supposedly particularly eager to secure what would surely be the unlikeliest of comebacks.
PSG spending big
While a bid of such staggering value from PSG would not come as too much of a shock given their recent track record in the transfer market, what would be a slight concern is the club's apparently lax attitude towards tighter financial controls in European football.
Indeed, the club - who won their second consecutive Ligue 1 title by a comfortable nine-point margin over fellow moneybags Monaco last season - have already raised eyebrows with their significant spending this summer, having splashed out a reported £50 million to ensure the signing of Brazilian centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea.
But while such a deal for Luiz - one of Brazil's very worst performers during arguably the worst night in the country's footballing history on Tuesday - may be seen as controversial due to the player's perceived erratic style and lack of consistency, there can surely be no doubt that they would be getting a very special talent in Pogba.
Having become frustrated with an apparent lack of regular first-team opportunities offered to him by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Pogba - a player who boasts wonderful technique and has developed a wonderful habit of scoring truly spectacular goals- has positively flourished under the watchful eye of Antonio Conte in Turin.
As well as winning two Serie A titles, the 21-year-old has established a reputation as European football's most promising starlet following the award of the 2013 Golden Boy.
In addition to his remarkable impact at domestic level at the Juventus Stadium, Pogba is also becoming an influential figure in international football for France, however he wasn't able to prevent Les Bleus from exiting the World Cup at the quarter-final stage on Friday evening.
Manchester United and Chelsea interest
While both Manchester United and Chelsea - along with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City - are believed to hold an interest in Pogba, one wouldn't expect either would be particularly keen to enter a bidding war with PSG with figures going well beyond Pogba's market value.
In truth, the chances of a return to Old Trafford always appeared extremely remote. Despite Ferguson now obviously having stepped down from his role as manager, Pogba's departure from the club obviously left somewhat of a bitter taste for both parties.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are evidently keen to bolster their squad with several new additions during the current transfer window and would perhaps appeal to Pogba as a potential transfer destination.
The capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona has somewhat reduced Jose Mourinho's need to add to his midfield options, however, with the Spaniard expected to adequately fill the void left by the departure of Frank Lampard.
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