European Golden Boy Paul Pogba was linked with English Premier League champions Chelsea throughout the whole transfer window. The young 22-year-old French midfielder is among the hottest properties in world football and his employers Juventus have warned Chelsea that his price will only rise with time and will cost more than €100m (£73m) if they make return for the Juventus’ dynamic midfielder next year.
The Serie A champions rejected bids from the English champions Chelsea and French champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer for the hotshot of world football.
The midfielder joined Juventus as a free agent after his Manchester United contract was over and since then, he never had to look back and became a superstar.
Since joining the Serie A giants in 2012, he won three back to back Serie A titles, 1 Copa Italia and three Supercopa Italiana. He was also a key figure for their 2015 UEFA Champions League campaign where Allegri’s side finished as runners-up.
He won Under 20 FIFA World Cup with France in 2013 and was awarded Golden Ball in the tournament for his brilliant display.
Awarded European Golden Boy in 2013, he was in the Serie A Team of the Season in 2013-14.
He was awarded as the Best Young Player of 2014 FIFA World Cup and was awarded Bravo Award in the very same year.
Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta said: “We decided to keep Pogba despite significant offers from foreign clubs. In future, he will be worth over €100 million.
“I’ve noticed how the Premier League has become richer, and we’ve seen clubs buying players for what would have been crazy prices until recently but are very normal today.
“If Pogba continues his performance of last season, I think next year, €100 million will not suffice.”
Juventus a lot of big names in Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal and facing hard time in the early stages of Serie A. The champions have already lost both of their first two games and Pogba will have to step up his game now to bring back Juventus to their winning run.
The Old Lady made a number of high-profile additions to help fill those voids, signing Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Hernanes, Sami Khedira, Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado.
Marotta admits the inclusion of new players has disrupted the team’s continuity but said the coaching staff are working hard to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“We’ve lost the likes of Pirlo, Tevez and Vidal, three irreplaceable players, against our will and replacing them isn’t easy,” Marotta said.
“Directors, managers and players come and go, but clubs, victories and their successes to come remain.
“It’s difficult to do better than last season as that would mean winning the Champions League, but this new Juventus has quality.
“What we do need to work on is installing the winning mentality into this new group, because we are Juventus and it’s our duty to win both in the present day and in the future.”
Marotta was critical of Schalke 04 after an attempt to sign the Bundesliga club’s attacking midfielder Julian Draxler fell through.
“There has been a difficult dialogue with Schalke, who are a mysterious club,” he said.
“They made a disproportionate request (for Draxler), £26m (36m euros) is an exaggeration and there was also the lack of interest from the player.
“I’m disappointed at the lack of negotiation, not because it did not go through.”