Chelsea's £60m blockbuster move for Juventus and France star Paul Pogba is back on after the Italian giants entered the race to sign Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez.
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has consistently stated the 21-year-old will be staying in Turin but Juventus need to sell players before they can buy, according to the Evening Standard.
With Arsenal and Liverpool also interested in the Chile star, Pogba is the most saleable asset they have. Sanchez will cost around £30m but Antonio Conte is also interested in Argentina's Angel Di Maria and Colombia's Juan Cuadrado as he looks to strengthen a squad that has won the Scudetto in three successive years but failed to get out of the Champions League group stage last season.
Jose Mourinho has already spent £60million this summer on Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa but he wants more strength in Chelsea’s midfield.
Significantly, the Serie A club are also looking at buying Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and have registered an interest in Ramires.
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
1/9 Paul Pogba
Former Manchester United midfielder was spotted in west London setting the rumour mill into overdrive. The classy French midfielder, still just 21, impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a blockbuster £60m move to Stamford Bridge, despite the recent arrival of Cesc Fabregas. However, he is also linked with a move to Manchester City as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure.
2/9 Adrien Rabiot
The talented teen put clubs in Europe on alert after rejecting a contract offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea made a move for the Frenchman in January and have gone back in for him, even though he is highly rated by PSG coach Laurent Blanc.
3/9 Sami Khedira
The German midfielder missed five months for Real Madrid's season with a knee injury and has played just 15 games this term. With Madrid reportedly interested in signing new players in central midfield, Khedira's future at the Bernabeu could be at an end. The 27-year-old is interesting Arsenal, but should Chelsea go in for him too, they would be getting a player that Mourinho knows well and real quality in front of the back four, not dissimilar to club legend Claude Makelele.
4/9 Yaya Toure
An outside bet, of course, but with all the drama surrounding the Toure and Manchester City recently, Chelsea could swoop. A powerhouse of a midfielder with a surprisingly deft touch and devastating skill at the dead ball, the 31-year-old would be huge assent to any team in the world. Toure cost City £24million in 2010, so any offer would have to huge from Chelsea if they are to persuade the Sky Blues to sell to a title rival.
Tottenham's summer signing hasn't quite lived up to the form he reached in Brazil's Confederations Cup victory in 2013 and struggled at the World Cup, but he has still performed well enough to have Chelsea and Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services. The 25-year-old would fit in well at Stamford Bridge given the Blues' strong Brazilian contingent already. Paulinho had a mixed first season in the Premier League, scored six goals with three assists last season and not the return Spurs were hoping for, and the lure of Champions League football could persuade the midfielder to switch London clubs.
6/9 Fabio Coentrao
With Ashley Cole having joined Roma and Ryan Bertrand also likely to leave, Jose Mourinho will be in need of a quality, experienced left-back and one possibility is Real Madrid's Coentrao. The 26-year-old came close to joining Manchester United in January and is likely to lose his starting place at Madrid when Marcelo is fully fit again next season. Carlo Ancelotti denies any rumours that the Portuguese defender will leave but if the right offer were to be made by Chelsea, he could be on his way to London and nail down a starting role with ease.
7/9 Edinson Cavani
After a season of playing in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, Cavani looks likely to leave the French side after just one year and become the main man at an English club next season. Chelsea remain interested in the Uruguayan but Chelsea are despite a deal for Diego Costa already complete, but may face competition from Manchester United. The 27-year-old cost PSG €64.5million last summer, so any offer from Mourinho would take a large slice of his funds but with his striking power and goals an almost guarantee, it could be a risk worth going for.
8/9 Radamel Falcao
The Colombian striker did not regain fitness in time for the World Cup but it has given him a good chance to weigh up his future. Seemingly always in transfer rumours despite his €60m switch to Monaco last summer, Falcao is a long-term target of the Blues, though Diego Costa has filled the previously vacant No 9 role. The 28-year-old lit up La Liga during his two seasons with Atlectico Madrid but, mainly because of injury, has failed to live up to his price tag in France. If unrest reports are true, Chelsea could attempt an offer.
9/9 Raphael Varane
Reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid due to his low wages in comparison to his team-mates, the centre back has been linked with a move away. Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs interested in the France international with Jose Mourinho seeing him as a long-term replacement for John Terry.
Manchester United target Arturo Vidal is another who could be moved on to raise cash.
Juventus will demand a minimum of £60m for Pogba and Chelsea face stiff competition from Paris St-Germain and Manchester City for the former United midfielder.
Pogba, who has two years left on his contract, impressed for France during their run to the World Cup quarter-finals. Mourinho still has money to spend and can raise revenue for what would be a club-record signing by selling fringe members in the squad. Chelsea are also prepared to listen to offers for John Obi Mikel and Ramires.
The Blues had also been looking at Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and offered him a contract worth £135,000 a week.
However, Kroos has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid and the Spanish club believe they will complete a £19.8m deal after the World Cup, despite giving the Germany international significantly reduced terms of £76,000 a week.
Chelsea begin pre-season training on Thursday, although the majority of their players will not report for duty because they were involved at the World Cup.
Lukaku is going on holiday after Belgium’s exit and he will have talks over his future on his return. The striker has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Brom and Everton respectively and is looking for regular first-team football.
Lukaku said: "I have a few ideas but we’ll see. I have to have discussions first and have to think about it. I want to go home and then I will decide. I want to be somewhere where I can play my best football and hopefully win titles."
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