By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Chelsea will continue to monitor Paul Pogba this season despite being quoted a world-record fee for the Juventus star, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League champions submitted a £58.4million offer for the midfielder at the end of the transfer window but the Italian club were not willing to sell at anywhere near that price.
The Serie A champions are adamant that Pogba will not be sold for less than the €100million that Real Madrid spent on Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013.
At the exchange rates of the time, Tottenham recouped £86million for Bale but an equivalent fee would now net £73million, making it a more palatable fee for a British buyer.
Chelsea knew it was only a long shot to land Pogba in the recently completed transfer window, as the player is settled in Turin.
But the west Londoners want to be at the front of the queue when Pogba leaves Juventus, which is expected to be at some point in the next 12 months.
Chelsea will continue to closely monitor the 22-year-old this season and are expected to dispatch scouts to regularly watch him in action.
Mourinho is a big admirer of Pogba and the Frenchman has been on Chelsea’s radar for over a year, with Football Insider revealing in March that they were keen on signing him this summer.
The former Manchester United midfielder is one of the most coveted young players in the world and is also being closely watched by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
The cash-rich Spanish and English clubs can offer Pogba a bigger salary than that available in Serie A.
The late push for Pogba demonstrates how far Roman Abramovich is willing to go to back Mourinho in the transfer market.
Chelsea signed four new players in the last fortnight of the window, with the headline capture of Pedro in joined by left-back Baba Rahman and centre-backs Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector.
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