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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Oscar and More

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, of France, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Bologna at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

With the season almost over, the focus on the comings and goings at Stamford Bridge has already begun in earnest. 

French international prodigy Paul Pogba is on Chelsea's radar after the player revealed he has not yet started contract negotiations with his current club Juventus, as reported by John Drayton of the Mail Online.

Drayton quotes Pogba saying, amid interest from the West London club and Paris Saint-Germain:

I just think about making history this season. I just have to repeat myself. Of course I am happy that many big clubs are interested, but the mind is focused on my present work, and that’s it. It is Juve today.

The fans’ chants asking me to stay? They encourage me to do my best, they are beautiful.

Paris Saint-Germain? They are a great club.

WhoScored.com recently highlighted Pogba's current influence at Juve after his man-of-the-match performance against Bologna:

Pogba has been in exceptional form this season for the Turin giants and has been a sensation since his arrival from Manchester United. 

This season he has played 32 times in the Italian league, scoring seven times from central midfield, per Squawka

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea is congratulated on the second goal by Oscar during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on February 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence
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Ian Holyman of ESPN FC also writes about speculation surrounding the futures of both Oscar and Eden Hazard after comments from the Brazilian international and Jose Mourinho

Holyman reports The Special One said any potential buyer would have to pay 360 million for the pair, after interest from PSG

Holyman also quotes Oscar saying: 

I'm flattered PSG are thinking about me, but I'm happy at Chelsea. Paris are a big club, but I'm happy here. Lucas, Thiago Silva and I spoke about it a little bit when we met in the Champions League, but there is nothing certain. They know that I'm good at Chelsea.

Mourinho's comments might be laced with humour but the Chelsea manager will not be looking to lose either of the players he has built his attack around this season. They will be cornerstones of his team for many years, if indeed the West London club can put off the biggest-spending sides in world football.

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Oscar has had an indifferent run of form in recent months, but has still managed to contribute impressively to Chelsea's campaign this season, scoring eight times in the league, per Squawka.

He has not managed to shine like Hazard, but his long-term potential is there for all to see. He is still only 22 years old. But Mourinho was clear in his favouritism towards the player early in the year, per Matt McGeehan of The Independent. 

The Chelsea boss said at the time: 

In this moment, Oscar is my number 10 and, if somebody tells me that Oscar is not Chelsea's best player since the beginning of the season, I'd have to disagree. I want to build with Oscar as my number 10.

Pogba would be an ideal addition to Chelsea's midfield if they could lure him back to England. The player is one of the best young central midfielders in Europe and would improve any core of any team.

Pogba would work well in Mourinho's favoured formation and would be viewed as the long-term heir to Frank Lampard's shirt.

He could replace the goal threat the England veteran has brought to Chelsea for many years, but also give Mourinho the mobility he needs in his preferred tactics.

With the side still in the Premier League race and the Champions League semifinal, it might seem premature to already be looking to next year. But Chelsea have not impressed during moments of this campaign and have allowed Liverpool to edge ahead in a championship race they should be leading. 

If they were able to secure Pogba for next season, they would be favourites to land the title in 2014-15. 

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