Chelsea need to cough up £40m to land Frenchman

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

Italian champions Juventus have told Chelsea to pay £40 million if they want to sign central midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Express.

Pogba who joined Juventus last summer from Manchester United, has refused to sign a new contract with the Italian giants despite having 2 and half years remaining on his current deal, which has caused interest from teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

But despite Pogba’s possible transfer to a European rival, the move could benefit Juventus as they are funding a £15million move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

Juve centre back Giorgio Chiellini believes it will be foolish for anyone to believe that Pogba will not be sold, especially if a high transfer fee comes in:

“If someone wants to believe in fairytales and Father Christmas that’s his prerogative,” said Chiellini.

“At the moment, Pogba is the biggest talent in international football in his position. If Juve do receive an obscenely high offer for him – just look at the price Bale went for. Paul is settled here and he’ll probably renew his contract, but you never know with the transfer market. Anything can happen.

“When a club is offered an obscene amount of money for a player it’s difficult to say no. No-one can promise that a player will never be sold. Every player has his price, that’s just the way it is”

Pogba, 20, played a significant part in Juventus’ title winning season last year where he played 28 games scoring five goals. He has so far played 8 games for the champions this season, netting on two occasions.