Transfer news and rumours: Chelsea and Manchester City will need to pay £55m for Paul Pogba while Filipe Luis and Loic Remy to leave

The biggest transfer news and rumours on Tuesday 17 March

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Juventus are determined to hold on to 22-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer and have slapped a £55m price tag on the France international to keep him out of the clutches of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, according to the Daily Express.

Pogba is one of the most sought-after players in the world given his impressive form since arriving in Turin from Manchester United in 2012, and his young age has led to Europe’s biggest clubs identifying him as a star of the future. United are keen on bringing him back to Old Trafford, while Chelsea and City also face competition from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Telegraph reports that Chelsea’s left-back Filipe Luis could be on the move back to Atletico Madrid having failed to oust Cesar Azpilicueta as Jose Mourinho’s first choice left-back. Luis only arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer in a deal worth £16m, but the reigning Spanish champions are reported to be monitoring his future in the hope of bringing the Brazilian back to the Vicente Calderon at the end of the season.

 

Chelsea are also being linked with Brazilian striker Kenedy, according to the Metro. Former Blues midfielder Deco has recently become the 19-year-old’s agent, and according to Kenedy’s representative, is the reason why the London club have made contact for the Fluminense prospect.

Eduardo Valdes admitted that contact had been made regarding a transfer, but that nothing formal had yet taken place. “There was contact with Chelsea recently,” he. “It was through Deco, who is now his agent. It was an approach, not a formal offer though. Half of Europe is following him.”

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy

Loic Remy could be on the move yet again after the Daily Star reported interest from his former manager Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace. The 28-year-old striker played under Pardew’s guidance during a loan spell with Newcastle, but despite talk of a permanent switch to St James’ Park he instead chose a move to Chelsea last summer. The move has not worked out though, with Diego Costa the firm favourite at Stamford Bridge given his run as the Premier League’s top goalscorers this season, and Pardew is believed to be hopeful in bringing the Frenchman to Selhurst Park in the summer.

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Marseille winger Andre Ayew

Pardew’s former club Newcastle are said to have offered a pre-contract to Marseille winger Andre Ayew as he is set to leave the French club when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 25-year-old Ghanaian is also attracting interest from German clubs Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, but the Newcastle Chronicle reports that Newcastle have already made an offer as they are allowed to speak to him with less than three months left to run on his current deal.

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