Paul Pogba is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment, and is reportedly poised for a very costly return to the Premier League.
Pogba joined Juventus for free back in 2012 from Manchester United after failing to establish himself under Sir Alex Ferguson. The front running teams for Pogba’s signature are rumoured to be Manchester City and Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from this link to the 22-year-old midfielder, and claims his side are strong enough, boasting Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Ramires. Mourinho also mentioned 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who the boss believes will be battling for a first team place next season. But is Jose right, do they not need Pogba?
There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho knows his squad. There is very little rotation in his side, who are currently dominating the Premier League. And he is right, he does have a very strong midfield to chose from. Cesc Fabregas settled back into the Premier League after leaving Barcelona, with two goals and sixteen assists in the league.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek may not be a big name Premier League player yet, but Jose has big plans for the 19 year old. Mourinho has indicated the importance of having young English players in his squad, which would explain his defence of Loftus-Cheek over Pogba. Waiting to utilise the youngster is in order to ‘protect’ him according to Jose.
One thing that Jose Mourinho would have to consider, were he to change his mind about Pogba, is the hefty transfer fee. With the rumour mill in full swing, prices for the 22-year-old are ranging from around £60-77million. For just one player, this is staggering. Chelsea would have to consider the implications of Financial Fair Play.
Looking at the options Jose Mourinho already has, he has a point. His midfield is strong, and utilising youth is important in the Premier League. Jose has himself highlighted the need for young English players in his squad, and he would be failing them if he did not have at least three. With their form this season, Chelsea need to add very few squad members in the summer – certainly not Paul Pogba.
If Pogba is on his way back to the Premier League, it seems he is more likely to be joining the Sky Blues than making moves in London.