Chiellini – Arsenal and Chelsea target Pogba could leave Juve

The former Manchester United man has made quite the impression in Turin, but the Italy international defender has conceded that the Bianconeri could be tempted to cash in on the star.

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for young French midfielder Paul Pogba, who has evolved into a key player at Italian champions Juventus after leaving Manchester United last summer.

The former Le Harve youth graduate was highly regarded at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils dropped the ball in allowing his contract to run down – and the midfielder opted for a move to Turin instead of a new deal in Manchester.

Pogba’s creativity, energy, goalscoring nous and other attributes have become clear with the Bianconeri, and as such he is now regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the European game.

However, with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly weighing up moves for the Juve superstar, the Italian side are eager to renew and upgrade his contract.

Despite the reported progression of negotiations, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that there is potential for Pogba to leave if a big bid comes in from abroad.

“If someone wants to believe in fairytales and Father Christmas that’s his prerogative,” the Italy international told Gazetta dello Sport.

“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.”

Over the last 12-24 months there have been clear examples of Italian sides selling their best players if the chance to profit is there.

AC Milan parted company with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, Roma sold Erik Lamela, Marquinhos and Pablo Osvaldo while Napoli let Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi leave.

Juventus are one of the richer clubs in Serie A and are obviously keen to keep Pogba, but whether the multi-millions of Chelsea or Arsenal would convince them to cash in on a player they signed for free remains to be seen.

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