Chelsea and Barcelona are leading race to sign Paul Pogba

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Chelsea are leading the race to sign Juventus star Paul Pogba, along with La Liga leaders Barcelona, and the France international is interested in a summer move.

This is according to respected Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter, who revealed this latest development live on talkSPORT on Tuesday.

Hunter also explained that while Chelsea would be able to sign Pogba for the 2015/16 season, the situation is not as simple for Barcelona, who are banned from registering new players until January 2016 due to an existing transfer ban imposed by FIFA.

Barcelona may struggle to sign Pogba

Subsequently, this will make it far more difficult for Barcelona to strike a deal for the former Manchester United starlet compared to Chelsea.

"The leading clubs, we are told from the people that run this player, are Chelsea and Barcelona. They have made the running, he is interested," Hunter commented. "[But] Barcelona would have to buy him and loan him back to Juventus for a season, which is a huge risk."

Juventus might want to keep Pogba for another 12 months

However, the chance for Juventus to hold on to Pogba for another season - which would offer the Serie A champions another 12 months to identify and secure the services of a suitable replacement - could prove tempting for the Italian giants.

This will be particularly true if Juventus fail to win the Champions League this season. Massimiliano Allegri’s side face AS Monaco in the quarter-finals - and are the overwhelming favourites to reach the last four - but may struggle to win the competition ahead of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Certainly, they stand a much better chance of lifting Europe’s most prestigious trophy within the next 14 months with Pogba than without the 22-year-old box-to-box midfielder.

Juventus are under no pressure to sell Pogba this summer; his contract now expires in 2019 after he put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Old Lady back in October and any club hoping to sign him this summer would need to pay out a staggering some of cash.

Let the transfer battle commence

But this is a player with the potential to become the best central midfielder on the planet - and it’s not only Chelsea and Barcelona who are keen to sign him.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and French champions Paris Saint-Germain all reportedly have a strong interest in Pogba, who could well be at the centre of this summer’s most intense transfer battle.

Which club should Paul Pogba join this summer - or should he stay at Juventus? Have your say in the comments below!

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