It's tough to remember all the different stories about Chelsea's supposed chase of Paul Pogba last summer — at some point, Juventus were apparently holding out for €150m, a unicorn, and a genie in a bottle — but what was clear, at least if we are to believe all the noise, is that Chelsea were willing to pay quite a bit to secure the young midfielder's signature.
Further corroboration of that comes from today's L'Equipe, who detail a sensational €90-95m bid that was rejected last summer. The biggest reason it was rejected was that apparently we waited all the way until the final days of the transfer window to make our move, and while the bid was serious enough to make Juve think twice about it, in the end cooler heads prevailed when they realized that they would be mad to do such business in the final hours of the transfer window. (The only thing sillier than waiting to bid until the last minute is actually agreeing to sell at the last minute.)
While most of the article is behind a paywall, Sport Witness reveal a few more nuggets of information, including that despite the rejection, Chelsea are undeterred in our quest for Pogba. While the prospect of no Champions League will be a definite hindrance, the Blues are expected to try once again for the 23-year-old Frenchman. There will be severe competition of course.
Good luck to us!