Chelsea are considering a move to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba next summer, after Frank Lampard requested the 2018 World Cup winner, according to Don Balon.
The Stamford Bridge natives were unable to strengthen Lampard’s squad in the summer as a result of their two-window transfer ban, but the former England midfielder turned head coach has already set his sights on players to target next year once the restrictions are lifted.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for Pogba in recent windows, but have not taken the Frenchman to the Santiago Bernabeu yet as the Red Devils have demanded at least €188million (£166.7m) to agree on a deal.
Los Blancos have, at most, only presented offers of around €150m (£133m) for the 26-year-old, and are now thought to be facing a rival approach by Chelsea if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, despite the challenges the Blues’ pursuit would face.
A move by the West London outfit is likewise dependent on the Stamford Bridge natives securing a place in UEFA’s premier club competition for the 2020/21 term, as owner Roman Abramovich has guaranteed Lampard a summer budget that will see Chelsea sign a number of their targets.
The Blues already have an alleged €100m (£88.7m) available for signings after selling Eden Hazard to Real in the summer among other departures, and the suggestion is that Abramovich will inject further funds into the budget next summer to complete a deal for Pogba as it would serve as a double blow to United.
Manchester United will be reticent to selling the midfielder to a Premier League rival, but Abramovich is claimed to see that as a reason to make available €200m (£177.4m) for Pogba’s signing after Lampard requested the £290,000-a-week (Spotrac) World Cup winner.
Chelsea spending that sort of money to sign Pogba would easily be a move that raises a few eyebrows given how often he blows hot and cold and the fact that he plays for a Premier League rival.
It took until a change in manager last season for Pogba to fully kick into gear, with the 67-cap international rarely off the scoresheet in the early days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure (TransferMarkt).
However, his form subsided and former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes recently questioned Pogba’s ability to serve as a leader at Old Trafford and his ability to retain possession (Premier League Productions via Goal).
It remains to be seen if that is the sort of player a side would look to spend in excess of £170m on.
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