Chelsea want either Paul Pogba, Koke or Paulinho after agreeing £50m David Luiz deal

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The Premier League club hope to

sign one of Juventus’ Paul Pogba,

Atlético Madrid’s Koke or Paulinho

of Tottenham Hotspur. Each would

cost in excess of £30million.

Chelsea are already hopeful of

signing the Atlético striker Diego

Costa, who has a buy-out clause of

£31.5million, but have cooled their

interest, for now, in another

Atlético player, the left-back Filipe

Luis. However they are expected to

return for the Brazilian once they

have completed other transfer

business. Ashley Cole has

announced he expects to leave

Chelsea, though he still might stay

for another year.

Luiz underwent a medical in Brazil

on Thursday after PSG officials were

given permission to fly out and

meet him at Luiz Felipe Scolari’s

World Cup training base in Sao

Paulo. Scolari, the Brazil coach,

wants the deal completed before

the World Cup starts.

Personal terms are yet to be

finalised on what will be a five-

year deal for the 27-year-old

central defender but are expected

to be a formality now the fee has

been negotiated. PSG have moved

swiftly to head off strong interest

from Barcelona and Bayern Munich

for a player who will be a marquee

acquisition for coach Laurent Blanc.

Barcelona had two bids for Luiz

rejected last summer when he had

wanted to join the Spanish giants.

Further negotiations have taken

place this summer but PSG’s offer

is far more than what Barça would

pay.

The transfer eclipses the previous

two highest fees paid for a

defender – both by PSG and both

also involving Brazilians:

£35million for Thiago Silva, who

will partner Luiz in the centre of

Brazil’s defence in next month’s

World Cup and £30million for

Marquinos. It is also the third

highest fee that a Premier League

club has received for a player from

an oversees club.

The deal also represents a

remarkable piece of business by

Chelsea. Luiz signed from Benfica

in January 2011 for £21.3million

and has three years left on a

lucrative new contract that he

agreed two years ago.

Chelsea's interest in Pogba follows

the French international's

outstanding campaign with

Juventus. The midfielder has said

he wants to remain with the

Italian club – even though his

agent Mino Raiola has hinted he

may go - but if Chelsea were to

sign him it would be a blow to

Manchester United supporters

given the circumstances in which

Pogba left Old Trafford. Sir Alex

Ferguson, then the manager, said

Pogba's refusal of a new contract

and departure for Turin showed a

lack of respect for the English club.

Spurs would consider selling

Paulinho, who they signed last

summer for £17million from

Corinthians, but only if they can

almost double their money on the

Brazilian international. A deal with

Chelsea remains possible.

Signing Koke from Atletico would

appear to be a more difficult deal

for Chelsea given they already want

to sign Costa, are intending to

recall goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

from his three years on loan at

Atlético and have inquired about

Luis. Koke was previously a target

for United.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

wants to bring a powerful goal-

scoring midfielder into his squad

with Frank Lampard now 35 and

expected not to be first-choice

should he sign a new deal and

remain at the club.

The Luiz deal, following on from

the £37million sale of Juan Mata to

United in January, and the

£17million transfer of Kevin de

Bruyne to Wolfsburg, will help

Chelsea to continue to comply with

the Financial Fair Play rules and

give Mourinho significant funds to

reinvest in his squad.

Luiz's sale follows on from John

Terry agreeing a one-year contract

extension with Chelsea, where he

will remain first-choice centre-half

alongside Gary Cahill. Branislav

Ivanovic will serve as back-up,

though Chelsea have other options

in that position. In January, they

signed Kurt Zouma from St Étienne

– where he remained on loan - for

£12.5million. They also have the

21-year-old Czech international

Tomas Kalas and Nathaniel

Chalobah, who has been on loan at

Middlesbrough.

Luiz, who has also played as a

holding midfielder at Chelsea,

remains highly popular player

within the club, both in the

dressing room and among

supporters.

PSG will have to sell some of their

players this summer given that

they have been sanctioned for

failing to comply with FFP.

Yet Luiz is not the only Chelsea

player that PSG are showing

interest in, with head coach

Laurent Blanc having again

expressed his admiration for Eden

Hazard. The Qatari-owned club

have also considered a move for

Oscar as an alternative to Hazard,

with Mourinho having suggested

that both players need to improve

to figure in his plans.


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