Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:11
Chelsea's hopes of signing Paul Pogba have been given a boost after Juventus admitted they may have to sell the midfielder in future.
The Blues and Arsenal are both thought to have taken an interest in the France international during the summer but were told to forget about a deal for the 20-year-old.
Pogba enjoyed a stellar season with Juve last year as they reclaimed the Serie A title and has started the current campaign in fine form.
The former Manchester United youngster has distanced himself from reports that he could leave Turin next summer this week, insisting he is very happy to remain in Italy.
However, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has now revealed the club aren't in a position to refuse a substantial offer for Pogba and fears a British club will take advantage of their current financial position.
Agnelli said: "If I was to judge it from a footballers' point of view, Italy is no longer the final destination but a transit destination," he said during a Italian Football conference.
"I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years' time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today, Pogba, the French 20-year-old.
"Would we be able to retain him? I don't know. I don't think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player."
Pogba's style of play has earned him comparisons to Patrick Vieira and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is believed to have earmarked him as the midfield powerhouse he wants to field behind the likes of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
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