The Brazilian centre-back looks set to seal a stunning move to the Parc des Princes in the coming weeks – in what will be a world record fee for a defender – and the Blues are ready to re-invest the cash to bolster their midfield.
Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be looking to add more bite to his engine room after watching his side slip out of the title race and the Champions League in the final weeks of last season.
Pogba, Koke and Paulinho of Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham respectively are believed to be on the Portuguese coach’s hit-list, with each likely to cost over £30m.
Pogba is thought to be Chelsea’s preferred target, with the ex-Manchester United trainee having thrived since relocating to Turin.
He has been lauded for his physically imposing playing style and all-round technique, which has seen comparisons drawn with former Premier League hero Patrick Vieira.
Koke is another option for Mourinho who has been impressed by his performances during Atletico’s La Liga win and run to the Champions League final, while Paulinho has been strongly linked with a switch across London by the Brazilian media – with claims having circulated that a deal was all but done a few weeks ago.