Chelsea to ‘pursue ex Man United star until 6pm’ in £87.5m deal

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According to reports from The Independent this morning, Chelsea will continue their pursuit of Juventus star Paul Pogba until the summer transfer window slams shut at 6pm. 

Despite managing just three Premier League appearances in three years with Manchester United, Pogba has emerged as one of world football’s leading centre-mids since swapping Old Trafford for the Old Lady in summer 2012.

Indeed, at the age of 22 he’s already claimed three Serie A titles, the 2013 Golden Boy award, 23 caps for the France national team and a Champions League runner-up medal, leading to widespread interest in his services from across Europe this summer.

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Chelsea are hoping the midfield powerhouse can arrest the stuttered start to their Premier League title defence, picking up just four points in their opening four fixtures, and entered negotiations with the Italian champions last week over a £70million deal.

The talks are yet to reach conclusion despite the Blues making Pogba their priority target after missing out on Everton’s John Stones. But according to The Independent, Chelsea are determined to work up until today’s 6pm cut-off to get a deal over the line.

And the British newspaper, citing Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, claim a bid of £87.5million might be enough to secure a last-minute transfer. The Turin outfit signed Inter Milan midfielder Hernanes in a £9.5million deal yesterday evening, suggesting they may be preparing for Pogba’s departure. 

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