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Juventus try to see off interest in midfield stars

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Paolo Bruno

Despite interest from big clubs around the world, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal are not for sale, says Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta:

We have clear ideas and we are a winning side, with our coach who leads the way. For this reason, I can exclude us the possibility of us selling any of our stars too. Real Madrid have shown their appreciation of Vidal, but no more than that. For Pogba, I hope we can sit down in the coming weeks to renew his contract.

Source: ESPN.

If you are a Chelsea fan who wants us to sign one of the two -- i.e. you are a Chelsea fan -- you could take this as bad news but I would suggest giving into cruel, cruel hope and noting with interest that Paul Pogba is pushing for a new contract. Because if Pogba wants a new deal and Chelsea put a ridiculous offer in for the midfielder, well, contract negotiations will get a bit harder and then Juventus might be more amenable to getting crazy money for him while they can.

Do it, Chelsea. Kidnap the guy if you have to. I don't care if Juve aren't a selling club. DO IT.