Paul Pogba’s Manchester United decision could impact Marina Granovskaia’s £100m Chelsea plan

Chelsea have suffered a potential blow in their Declan Rice transfer pursuit after Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba hinted at leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season.

The Blues had been heavy favourites to land the West Ham midfielder, but that could now look less likely as the Frenchman’s future in Manchester could have a domino effect that will hamper Marina Granovskaia and co.

Our sister publication the Manchester Evening News had reported that Rice was earmarked by the United board as their ‘principal midfield target’ for next summer’s transfer window.

The report also goes on to say that Red Devils had already discussed the possible framework for the deal to potentially go through, and Pogba’s latest revelation on international duty with France could accelerate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sides pursuit of the much-wanted Englishman.

After Les Bleus’ dramatic 3-2 win over Belgium in the Nations League semi-final, the inevitable question regarding his short-term future in the Premier League was asked, promoting a cryptic response from the World Cup-winning midfielder.

He said, via Football Italia: “I always talk to the Juve players. I am in Manchester, I have a year left at Manchester United and then we’ll see. I want to do well as long as I’m at Manchester and then we’ll see.”

If United were to beat Chelsea in the race to sign the 22-year-old this summer, it could prompt Granovskaia to turn her attention to Aurelien Tchouameni, who made a great impact from the bench for France in the win against Belgium.

Chelsea reportedly face stiff competition from Juventus for French starlet Aurelien Tchouameni (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)
Chelsea reportedly face stiff competition from Juventus for French starlet Aurelien Tchouameni (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Regardless of what happens, the magnitude of the task facing both clubs in their pursuit of trying to prise Rice away from east London is rather difficult, especially considering the £100million price tag that has been brandished on his shoulder.

Moyes said in March: “I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more.

“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.

“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.” understands that Chelsea will look to make a move for Rice in the summer, but that West Ham are determined to keep hold of their star midfielder and will not welcome any offers for his services.

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