Throughout the summer, Paul Pogba was linked with a high-profile move away from Juventus, with all the biggest clubs in the world reportedly interested in his services.
The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid were all reported to be in the running, but Pogba decided to stay at Juventus.
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Reports out of Europe are now saying that Chelsea came closest to signing the 22-year-old star, but he told the club he was not interested and would be staying in Turin.
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the Blues were willing to offer Juventus $95 million to bring the French midfielder to Stamford Bridge, and would pay Pogba nearly $275,000 per week in wages.
According to French news outlet L’Equipe, Jose Mourinho called Pogba this summer in an effort to seal a move to Chelsea, but the club never submitted an official bid after Pogba told Mourinho he would be staying in Italy.
Pogba started his senior career at Manchester United, but after failing to find minutes in the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson, he moved to Juventus in 2012. At Juve, Pogba has won three Serie A titles and won the Golden Boy award in 2013, given to the best player in Europe under the age of 21. After starring for France in the 2014 World Cup, Pogba was named the Best Young Player in the tournament.
Considered arguably the best young talent in the world right now, Juventus’ director Giuseppe Marotta believes Pogba’s value will continue to grow to over $100 million. With Pogba reportedly interested in eventually playing in Spain for Real Madrid or Barcelona, expect some more massive offers to come in for the young star next summer.