Paul Pogba’s decision may help Thomas Tuchel complete £13m swoop while Chelsea lead the transfer race

Paul Pogba could have a major impact on the success of Chelsea’s upcoming transfer window amid Todd Boehly’s mission to bolster the first-team ahead of next season. The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for a midfielder of late, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante set to leave Stamford Bridge in 12 months.

Declan Rice and Aurelien Tchouameni have emerged as Thomas Tuchel’s main targets, although the west Londoners have also been reportedly linked with a move for Adrien Rabiot. Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim that Chelsea are leading the race to sign the Juventus midfielder this summer.

The report adds that the 27-year-old, whose contract with Torino expires next summer, could be available for as little as €15m (£12.8m). Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in Rabiot but his agent leaves the door open for a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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Rabiot’s potential Juventus exit coincides with the old lady’s alleged desire to bring Pogba back from Manchester United. Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Massimiliano Allegri’s side are on the verge of giving up the midfielder, who has been offered a three-year deal worth around £10million a season.

The report adds that Juventus are confident of completing a deal that could be officially announced this week. Therefore, with Pogba’s arrival, Allegri could have up to six midfielders available next season.

So Juventus might be inclined to give up Rabiot’s services while Pogba helps Chelsea complete the first transfer of the Boehly era. The LA Dodgers co-owner, who agreed a £4.25billion deal to buy the west London club on Monday, is expected to be “pushing for A-list commitments” to usher in a new era at the club, according to MailOnline to ring in Stamford Bridge.

And regardless of whether the American billionaire secures Rabiot’s services, Tuchel is keen to undertake a rebuild at Chelsea this summer. Speak with football.londonsaid the blues boss: “We are rebuilding, not improving the squad. We’re reconstructing. It’s always a challenge, but we rise to the challenge.

“I don’t know where we are from day one. What I can promise is that I will be here – if I can promise that – I will be here full of energy and positive energy no matter what. We always will still work for Chelsea and I refuse to think about negative scenarios. We will be competitive, at what level we will see.”

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