By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Juventus have told Chelsea they want a world-record fee for Paul Pogba, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League champions submitted a £58.4million offer for the Juventus midfielder earlier this week during fresh discussions with Juventus officials.
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 are aware they face losing their Pogba bid in the current window as Juve hold firm in their stance that the player is not for sale this summer.
But the west Londoners want to be at the front of the queue when Pogba leaves Turin, which is expected to be at some point in the next 12 months.
Jose Mourinho wants to add two more signings to his Chelsea squad before the transfer window closes next week, with a centre-back also on his wish list. Ezequiel Garay is among those being considered by the Portugese in the final days of the window.
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 22-year-old 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 but Chelsea are unlikely to succeed in prizing the France international from Italy in the next week.
Juventus have already sold Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in a major makeover of their first-team squad during the transfer window, and regard Pogba as essential to their defence of their Serie A crown and ability to reach the later stages of the Champions League.
Nonetheless, the late Chelsea signings push demonstrates how far Roman Abramovich is willing to go to back Mourinho in the transfer market.
The Premier League champions secured Pedro in a sensational £21.2million deal last week to hijack his proposed move to Manchester United, to follow the signings of Baba Rahman, Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao earlier in the summer.
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