Rumour: Chelsea reportedly make Juventus’ Paul Pogba their top target
Chelsea have identified Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba as one of their primary transfer targets this summer as manager Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his squad, report Goal.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has been in outstanding form for Antonio Conte’s side this season, helping them to the Serie A title with a record European points total of 102.
Although he only joined the Italian giants on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012, having grown frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities, the youngster has been constantly linked with a move away from Turin.
The Red Devils have made an enquiry over his availability, but it is the west Londoners that now look set to test the Old Lady’s resolve to hang onto one of their prize assets.
Stamford Bridge chief Mourinho is keen to add a midfielder to his ranks to play alongside the powerful Nemanja Matic next season and is adamant Pogba fits the bill given his huge potential and tender years yet accomplished displays.
Chelsea had been set for a cautious approach to their transfer activity due to the threat of a Financial Fair Play infringement, but those fears have been quashed following the agreement of a deal to sell David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million.
The Brazilian’s departure has freed up a substantial chunk of the club’s wage bill, but Pogba will still need to be convinced that a return to the Premier League is the best move for his career having benefited hugely from regular game time in Italy.