Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has declared his club's summer transfer business is complete after signing four new players, per BBC Sport. That means there will be no £60 million deal for Juventus midfield gem Paul Pogba, according to the London Evening Standard:
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea have completed their transfer dealings for the summer.
Chelsea had been linked with an audacious £60million move for Juventus and France star Paul Pogba, but Mourinho insists the club's dealings are now complete ahead of the new season, ending hopes of a deal for the 21-year-old.
The Blues are absolutely right to abandon any pursuit for Pogba, at least this summer. Mourinho has already remodelled his midfield with the signing of Catalan schemer Cesc Fabregas.
He has joined a position group already brimming with options and talent. Mourinho's midfield has power and energy, courtesy of Ramires and Nemanja Matic.
The former's fellow Brazil international Oscar adds a healthy amount of flair and scoring potential to the mix. Those qualities are also offered by youthful Croatia prodigy Mario Pasalic, another new arrival.
Fabregas will naturally be tasked with acting as the focal point of creativity in this group. It's a job he's perfectly suited for. The 27-year-old notched 15 assists at club and international level last season, per WhoScored.com.
Assuming Fabregas starts in a midfield trio with Ramires and Matic, Chelsea will boast perfect balance in the middle. Quality cover will also be ensured by Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Pasalic.
There simply isn't any room for Pogba in the current rotation. Signing him would be an expensive luxury, one that would bloat this position and disrupt its balance on the pitch.
Of course, Chelsea have never been shy about overloading at various positions during the era of mega-rich owner Roman Abramovich. One of the reasons the club has hoovered up trophies since the Russian assumed control in 2003 has been the depth of quality in various squads.
Few Chelsea supporters would protest indulging a luxury if it meant landing a marquee talent like Pogba. Despite his tender years, the 21-year-old is already a genuine midfield general.
He has drawn lavish praise from many prominent figures in the game, including Mourinho. Speaking as the Yahoo Global Football Ambassador, the Portuguese coach dubbed the young star "a big player"(h/t Daily Express reporter Anthony Chapman). That soon prompted talk of a £60 million bid.
But while Pogba is certainly an awesome talent, Mourinho might not find it easy to fit him in. Unlike many midfield players in the modern game, Pogba is not restricted to specific areas or a single role.
He is not a destroyer or a pure attacking midfielder. Instead, the French international is a complete player, one who combines flair with strength and energy.
But as detailed above, Mourinho's midfield structure has more clearly defined roles for its members. A free spirit like Pogba would need time to adapt his natural game to this disciplined approach.
There's simply no need for Chelsea to wait around when the club already has all the resources in midfield it needs.