Window might be close, race for Pogba is still on

Chelsea have been alerted that they might have to pay around the world record fee to lure Pogba away from Juventus.

The France international was a target for Jose Mourinho this summer and the Blues saw a £54million offer for the towering 22-year-old rebuffed by the Italians.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has now warned that Pogba, who has developed into one of the best midfielders in world football, could cost more than €100m (£73m).

‘We’ve lost the likes of Pirlo, Tevez and Vidal, three irreplaceable players, against our will and replacing them isn’t easy,’ he said.

‘Directors, managers and players come and go, but clubs, victories and their successes to come remain.’

‘It’s difficult to do better than last season as that would mean winning the Champions League, but this new Juventus has quality,’ he added.

‘What we do need to work on is instilling the winning mentality into this new group, because we are Juventus and it’s our duty to win both in the present day and in the future.’