Chelsea target Paul Pogba has apparently told the club that he wants a five-year deal worth a stunning £82.5m if he is to sign for them, according to the Daily Express.
And that number does not include the whopping £72m transfer fee the club would have to fork out in order to bring him to the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline (via Express), meaning the total outlay would cost The Blues a total of £154.5m.
The 22-year-old has been billed as Chelsea’s number one transfer target during the home stretch of the summer window, but The Express suggest that they will have to meet the deal Barcelona have reportedly put in place for him next summer that would see him earn around £318,000 a week, or £16.5m a year.
Chelsea’s current highest paid player is Eden Hazard, who collects £250,000 a week, and The Blues would be forced to smash their wage structure in order to bring the France international to Stamford Bridge.
The Express claims that Chelsea have already had a £54m offer for Pogba rejected, but are now determined to exceed the British transfer record to snap him up.
Manager Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a move for Everton defender John Stones (via Express), and though that chase has so far proved fruitless, the manager is confident that they will be able to bring in at least one new face before Tuesday’s 6pm deadline.
“Hopefully I can bring one player in. Hopefully,” Mourinho said.
“But we are not in trouble. We are not desperate. We are not panicking because the transfer window closes in a couple of days.
“If we get him, we get him. If not, we don’t. But for a perfect shape of the squad, one more player would give us a good balance.”