Following the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph by Manchester City it would appear that the big-spending Northwest club has now given up on the possibility of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus.
When asked about if he was worried that he could lose his place in Manuel Pellegrini’s team to the French international, the 25-year-old England star said: “I think I’m a different type of player to Pogba.
“Whether City were linked with him or not and they’re not getting him, I think that’s irrelevant to me coming.
“I’m coming as a box-to-box midfield player with a lot of energy and I see myself as quite different to him.”
With City now apparently out of the race and focusing their attention on Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne, it opens up the door for a trio of sides to enter into competition for the 22-year-old, and assuming Manchester United and Barcelona are out of contention, as neither team really needs Pogba in their current set up, it leaves just Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Chelsea as the only true contenders for Pogba’s signature.
Here at Soccer Transfers we get the feeling that for Paris Saint-Germain it is not even a question of money to try and get Pogba to return and play for his hometown team, yet the young Frenchman at every opportunity tries to distance himself away from a move to Paris, perhaps not wanting to have to put up with the scrutiny of the local press by making a move to the Parc des Princes.
This now leaves just Real Madrid and Chelsea, with Los Blanco’s needing to make the first move for Pogba which will, as has been seen in the past involve sanctioning the sale of a Galactico or two, which in Real Madrid’s case could be both Sergio Ramos to Manchester United and Karim Benzema to Arsenal.
The sale of these two players would net the Spanish giants plenty of money to spend on signing the young French Star, and yes if we are honest about it we can easily picture manager in waiting Zinedine Zidane out training with Pogba.
Should however Real Madrid Choose not to make a move the door is wide open for Blues boss Jose Mourinho to make what according to the Express would be a stunning swoop for the £71 million rated Old Lady midfielder.
What a coup that would be for Chelsea if Mourinho could pull that deal off, and what a signal to send to the rest of the Premiership as Chelsea prepares to defend their title.