Chelsea make Pogba top transfer target

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 squad
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

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.

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Juventus insist that they are not willing to sell Pogba and they want to reach an agreement over a contract extension but the player and his camp do not seem in any hurry.

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is aware that there is likely to be interest in his client this summer which will enhance their negotiating position.

The Serie A champions are also aware of the interest in the player from the likes of PSG and, although their priority is to keep hold of the Frenchman, they could well be tempted into a sale if they were to receive a crazy offer.
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 champions.

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 terms.

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 midfield.

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 Corinthians.