It’s finally beginning to look like a January transfer window we all have been expecting with several players being targeted by top clubs all in a bid to emerge as the ones who finally gets the signature in the winter.
Chelsea will look to scupper the transfer plans of Arsenal and City, by offering Ramires as part of an incentive to Juventus to let them have star man, Paul Pogba, according to the Express.
The ex-United midfielder has established himself at the Serie A as one of the most complete midfielders in the world, despite being only 21, attracting real interest from nearly every top club in Europe. While City have always been in the frame as the real billionaires to challenge Arsene Wenger for the youngster’s signature, Roman Abramovich could now enter the bid, even if it would mean offering one of his own as bait.
Ramires has not been a regular for Mourinho this season, as the Fabregas-Matic axis has proven to reliable to toggle with. Though there may be no immediate signal of a desire to move on his part, being restricted to appearances from the bench and League Cup games could provoke a willingness to go for first team football elsewhere, and the destination been suggested could also work out to interest the Brazilian.
With all the attention surrounding Pogba over the past few months, especially after an impressive World Cup with Didier Deschamps men, it looks likely that the Golden Boy will move away from the Serie A sooner or later and a chance to prove himself in the Premier League could be too good to turn down. It doesn’t appear it would be Manchester United, considering the resentment still borne by Fergie’s supposed lack of esteem for his potential, a factor that could motivate their neighbors, City, to push for the deal.
Wenger, who has publicly admitted his admiration for Pogba, has found himself in a precarious situation with his midfielders who continue to show the appearance of not being able to stay away from injuries. Even as a strong balanced team owes much to consistency in midfield, Pogba surely stands out as one of the fittest box-to-box players in the game today, and it could be on his mind to make a real move to get him this time, after not being able in the past confirming his interest in the player.
“We were interested in Pogba when he was at Manchester” Wenger said.
“We tried to get him, but it was complicated. I was surprised to see Manchester let him go. We did not have the right to contact him”.
Pogba has that frame of a footballer which proves so irresistible to Arsene Wenger, having signed Patrick Vieira and Abou Diaby before. For both club and country, he proves to be a key figure in the midfield engine, whether being the hinge for Vidal and Pirlo at Juventus, or galvanizing and coordinating affairs in Didier Deschamps’ team. Though not strictly a defensive midfielder, Pogba is good enough to play a box-to-box role in which he tracks back well enough to break up opponents in their flow.
Juve’s advancement to the second round of the Champions League makes it slim of his chances of leaving in January but a war of bids next summer looks inevitable, and it will be the Premier League clubs who will be leading the way.
Expect Chelsea to throw in a blank cheque in the mix, but it could be the personal terms between Wenger and his young countryman who could swing the tie in our favour.
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