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

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
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
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
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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