Report: Chelsea line up £50m Pogba bid

There are reports in Italy that Chelsea are preparing a £50m bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba, but the Turin club says his sale is 'unthinkable'.

Juventus face an uphill battle if they intend to keep French midfielder Paul Pogba at the club beyond this summer and Chelsea appear to have entered the queue for his signature.

Pogba left Manchester United as a free agent and was snapped up by Juventus in what proved to be an inspired piece of business.

The midfield dynamo is now valued at around £35m, but some have even suggested he could sell for £50m this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and even Manchester United were said to be hovering but now Manchester City and Chelsea appear to be in pole position.

It has been suggested that Man City may use Aleksandar Kolarov or Edin Dzeko as bait to land Pogba in a part-exchange deal.

But now Sportmediaset believes that Chelsea have upped the ante and are ready to table a bumper offer of around £50m.

The Italian website insists that the windfall from the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United has freed up the necessary capital and that Chelsea are looking elsewhere having lost faith in John Obi Mikel and Ramires.

However, Juventus are still trying to tie Pogba down to a contract extension and their sporting director Beppe Marotta is determined to pour cold water on transfer talk.

"It's unimaginable that we'd sell Pogba," Marotta is quoted as saying. "Our intention is to keep him with us and to extend his contract.

"We haven't managed to agree terms of the renewal yet but we have found the player's agent open to that idea. The player knows that he can still grow in Turin and the result would be positive."

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