Paul Pogba opens talks over Juventus contract extension

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Paul Pogba is ready to turn down a £60 million move to Chelsea after opening talks with current club Juventus over a new contract.

The Daily Express reports how the Serie 'A' champions have made keeping hold of the France international their top priority this transfer window, and will offer the player a bumper new deal to ward off interest from a growing list of rival suitors.

Pogba has established himself as one of the best midfielders in world football after playing an integral role in Turin over the past two seasons.

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The 21-year-old moved to Italy from Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012 after rejecting a new contract at Old Trafford following a lack of first-team opportunities under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Now the Red Devils are keen on re-signing their old Academy product, with Louis van Gaal known to be in the market for a box-to-box midfielder before the transfer window closes on September 1.

Liverpool eye Pogba

However, they're not the only Premier League club seemingly interested in signing Pogba, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers also a reported admirer of the Juventus star.

Liverpool have spent big already on a number of new recruits this summer, but after the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona are ready to reinvest more money in an attempt to lure other world class players to Anfield.

Mourinho interest

Jose Mourinho completes the trio of Premier League manages monitoring Pogba's situation in Italy, with the Portuguese tactician ready to take Chelsea's spending to well over £100 million by paying to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues appeared to be the most serious contenders for the player's signature, but it now looks as though Pogba will snub the opportunity to move to west London in favour of penning a new long-term deal at Juventus.

Positive signs for Juve

Beppe Marotta, the Italian outfit's CEO confirmed plans to secure the in-demand star's services, hinting that an agreement was edging closer.

"Pogba? We have had some negotiation with his agents, we hope to arrive at a positive conclusion shortly," he said.

The news will be welcomed by Juventus fans worried about the possible break-up of their back-to-back title winning squad, following the surprise exit of Antonio Conte last month and appointment of Massimiliano Allegri.

There have also been question marks about the future of fellow midfield star Arturo Vidal, with the Chilean playmaker also linked with a possible move to England this summer. But, with Pogba looking set to commit his future, supporters will now be increasingly optimistic of Vidal remaining in Turin as well.

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