Chelsea Transfer News: Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Miralem Pjanic, Top Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2016

Juventus' Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Juventus, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP Photo) ITALY OUT
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Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will reportedly splash out £100 million to land Juventus star Paul Pogba—over half of the £160 million transfer budget he's set to receive at Stamford Bridge. 

That's according to France Football (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness and Jamie Styles of the Daily Star), which reported the Italian will be handed €200 million to recruit new players this summer and €120 million might be enough to prise the Frenchman away, though Manchester City are also named among his potential suitors.

Pogba has been in imperious form for much of the campaign, and it's no coincidence the Bianconeri have romped to the Serie A title after recovering from their poor start to the season.

The midfielder has bagged 10 goals and 16 assists in all competitions and impressed with some sublime skill, per Lega Serie A:

At his best, the 23-year-old can dominate games as he did in the Old Lady's 2-0 win over Carpi on Sunday and is central to their attacking play, per OptaPaolo:

Although he is well on his way to reaching his considerable potential, Pogba still has lofty ambitions for his career as Bleacher Report UK revealed:

Chelsea fans would be thrilled if he could match Frank Lampard's glittering career at Stamford Bridge, and a midfielder should be one of Conte's priorities this summer—after Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, the Blues have few options there outside of the uninspiring John Obi Mikel.

It will be difficult to prise him away from Turin, perhaps even with as large an offer as the one reported, not to mention he will attract plenty of interest from elsewhere, but he could be a game-changing player for Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Le 10 Sport (h/t Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star) reported Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to land Eden Hazard thanks to their ability to offer him UEFA Champions League football.

The Belgian invited speculation linking him to PSG earlier in the season when he told Le Parisien (h/t Anderson): "It is difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League. PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim."

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Hazard has been in poor form for much of the campaign, though his improvement in recent weeks saw him net an excellent goal against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday to hand Leicester City the title, per ESPN Stats & Info and Premier League legend Alan Shearer:

Assuming he has an improved campaign next year, losing him would be a significant blow to Chelsea's chances of reclaiming the title, and a player of his ability will naturally gravitate toward the Champions League.

However, according to Anderson, it seems the 25-year-old is set to stay put as he said: "It's been a complicated season for Chelsea and for me. It hasn't been like last season but we have three matches left and we want to finish well by winning all three. And next season I hope we can have a better season and get the title back."

Keeping Hazard will be even more important if Chelsea should miss out on their other transfer targets.

One reported target is AS Roma's Miralem Pjanic, but according to Marcus Giebel of German outlet TZ (h/t the Daily Star's Alex Harris) Chelsea will face significant competition from Bayern Munich, who have reportedly made him an offer.

The creative Bosnian has been in exceptional form again this season with 11 goals and as many assists to his name. Here are some of the free-kick specialist's highlights:

Like Pogba, he would be an outstanding addition to Chelsea's midfield, but if the Giallorossi have their way he won't be moving anywhere, as president James Pallotta said (h/t Harris): "There’s a lot of paper talk about players leaving, like Pjanic. I rule that out categorically, he doesn’t want to leave and we won’t sell him. Even just talking about it hurts the team, I’m tired of these rumours."

He has a release clause of £31 million, though, so there may be little Roma can do if Chelsea and Bayern come knocking, but that's far from a guarantee Pjanic would move to either.

Lastly, Thibaut Courtois says there is a "100 per cent chance" he will be at Stamford Bridge next season according to Le Parisien (h/t the Press Association, via the Mirror).

The Belgian has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, but with the goalkeeper set to stay put, it's one less thing Conte has to worry about when he takes over this summer.

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