Paul Pogba’s future impacts Thomas Tuchel’s transfer plans as Chelsea consider new midfielder
Chelsea could follow the debates over Paul Pogba this summer as he prepares to make a decision on his next club – although they won’t sign the outgoing Manchester United.
The France international has joined the free market with his contract at Old Trafford expiring this summer and there are several squads for him. However, it’s Juventus who are leading the chase while longtime suitors Real Madrid have decided to opt for Aurelien Tchouameni instead.
Pogba spent four years in Turin after leaving United for nothing in 2012 and was a huge success in Italy. He won the Serie A title every season he was there, as well as winning two Coppa Italias and a comeback now looks on the cards after attempting a move almost every summer since leaving.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim Massimiliano Allegri’s side are close to agreeing a deal for the 29-year-old after offering him a deal worth £10million a year. And it could be officially announced as soon as the end of the week, although it poses a problem for Juve.
Allegri will have six midfielders at his disposal while there are already players deemed surplus to the club’s needs. One of them is Adrien Rabiot, who was already struggling to be anything but surplus to requirements.
Chelsea are a longtime admirer of the Frenchman, according to Corriere dello Sport, while Thomas Tuchel has known the player well since his time in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. Juve are happy to sell Rabiot as his contract is due to expire next season.
And the 27-year-old could be available for as little as £13million in what could prove a bargain for the Blues as they look to rebuild their own squad. Big changes are afoot at Stamford Bridge following the exit of Roman Abramovich.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have seen their contracts expire while Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also leave for a nominal fee. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will also enter the final year of their deals, making the midfielder a precarious position.
Saul Niguez has returned to Atletico Madrid after a failed loan spell while Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be allowed to leave to bolster transfer funds. This will mean Tuchel will need a trusted lieutenant to support his key midfielders and Rabiot could be the answer after already spending time coaching the France international.