Chelsea make Pogba top transfer target

By 05:25 Wed, 28 May 2014 Comments

With the Blues having already

negotiated a deal for Diego Costa,

they will turn their attentions to the

Juventus midfielder as Jose Mourinho

looks to further strengthen his


By Wayne Veysey | Chief


Chelsea have made Paul Pogba their

top midfield target this summer,

Goal can reveal.

The Londoners will use the £40

million raised by the sale of David

Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain to part-

fund a bid for the former

Manchester United man.

Goal understands that Juventus are

determined to keep hold of their

prize asset but could be tempted

into a sale were they to receive an

offer in the region of £65m.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear to

the Chelsea hierarchy that he wants

a marquee central midfielder to

partner January signing Nemanja

Matic next season.

Pogba has established himself at

Juve following his free transfer from

United two years ago and was a key

player in the club's Serie A triumph

this season.

Mourinho is convinced that the

France international, 21, will develop

into one of the world's finest

midfielders and can be a driving

force for Chelsea next season.

The Blues have already made

discreet enquiries for Pogba and

believe that he could be open to a

return to the Premier League.

The midfielder has said that he

wants to stay in Turin but his agent,

Mino Raiola, has spoken of the

possibility of him leaving the Italian


Chelsea have freed up a place in

their squad and on their wage bill

after announcing on Friday that they

had agreed to sell Luiz to PSG,

subject to a medical and personal


The west Londoners are expected to

be active in the transfer market this

summer as Mourinho builds a team

whom he thinks can make an even

stronger challenge next season for

Premier League and Champions

League glory.

As revealed by Goal, the west

Londoners have already agreed a

£35m deal for Atletico Madrid striker

Diego Costa and they are now

focusing their attention on central


Chelsea now want to bring in a

dominant player there, capable of

scoring goals, with Frank Lampard,

who is in talks over a one-year

contract extension, expected to

feature even less next season should

he agree fresh terms.

They are also considering

Tottenham's Paulinho, who is highly

regarded by Mourinho despite a

mixed first campaign in England

following his £17m switch from




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