According to reports from Get West London this morning, potential suitors of Paul Pogba may have to pay ‘more than €100million’ to sign the Juventus star.
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.
Chelsea were particularly keen on the 6 foot 2 centre-mid and allegedly entered negotiations with the Serie A champions during the final week of the transfer window, but failed to get a deal over the line. Get West London claim the Stamford Bridge outfit launched a bid around the £54million mark whilst other sources report discussions over a deal closer to £70million.
Either way, the bid seems to be some way short of Juve’s valuation. As quoted by GWL, the club’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has publicly warned; “As we want to win, we have decided to keep hold of a player as important as Pogba, although we have had offers from some very important club. In the future he could be worth more than 100 million euros.”
That equates to around £74million, which would make Pogba the most expensive Premier League player of all time. Chelsea are expected to maintain their interest in the midfielder over the next two transfer windows but will likely face competition from Barcelona, who emerge from their 18-month transfer embargo in January.