By Editor Wayne Veysey
Juventus rejected bids for Paul Pogba worth £61million from clubs from England, Spain and Germany last summer, according to the midfielder’s agent.
Mino Raiola told French radio station RMC that Europe’s elite tried to prise the kingpin midfielder from Turin but the Italian champions refused to sell.
Raiola claims Juventus are adamant that Pogba, 22, will not be sold for less than the world-record €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 £72million, making it a more palatable fee for a British buyer.
“Juventus received three offers worth €85m from England, Spain & Germany for Pogba last summer, but turned down all of them,” said Raiola.
“I believe Juventus value Paul Pogba at €100m. I don’t know what will happen with Barcelona. Is Bayern an option? Of course.”
Football Insider revealed last month that Chelsea will continue to monitor Pogba this season despite being quoted a world-record fee for him.
It is understood that 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 west Londoners knew it was only a long shot to land Pogba in the recent transfer window, as the player is settled in Turin.
But they 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.
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.