Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hinted South American duo Ramires and Juan Cuadrado could be used as makeweights in any potential Blues deal for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba.
Obviously, securing the signature of arguably the hottest property in world football is a sure-footed scheme, but including two players as part of the bargain would be transfer madness from the west Londoners.
As pointed out in this very blog previously, Chelsea stand little chance of landing the Frenchman.
Juventus have no need to sell having relinquished key midfield assets and losing others to injury, while Pogba seems to be holding out for a move to one of Spanish titans Barcelona or Real Madrid.
So essentially informing two players they’re very much marginal members of the squad can’t be good for morale.
Chelsea – 3/1 to reclaim the Premier League title – don’t have the biggest squad as it is, losing two players in order to sign one and take a sizeable hit in the wallet for the privilege, seems a false economy.
In Roman Abramovich, the Blues have one of the richest owners in world football who would have no problem stumping up the cash Juventus will demand for their star man, they have no need to diminish the ranks by shoe-horning Ramires and Cuadrado into the deal.
The latter may have struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, but the former is an integral member of the squad.
Most importantly, he’s versatile, able to play as an attacking or defensive midfielder, as well as out wide and can cover various players in the event of injury.
Pogba, however, can only play centrally.
His arrival would mean a significant rehash of a midfield that performed brilliantly in Chelsea claiming the title last term, with Cesc Fabregas likely asked to move into a number ten berth, seeing Oscar reduced to