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Chelsea look close to wrapping up the £40m sale of David Luiz, reports BBC Sport, and could spend the mammoth transfer fee on of these two European prodigies.
According to reports in the Telegraph, the Blues are planning on using the money on either Juventus star Paul Pogba, or Atletico Madrid ace Koke.
Pogba, 21, is rated by many as the world’s best young midfielder right now. His form with the Old Lady helped his side win its third consecutive Serie A title, and he’s expected to start at the World Cup as a result. In the Italian top flight, the box-to-box powerhouse scored and assisted seven apiece, confirming the view held by many that Manchester United were foolish to let him go back in 2011 as a youth player.
Koke is one year older than Pogba, but the Spaniard has had just as effective a season. He’s more ‘Spanish’ in his style, and prides himself on his ability to keep hold of possession in tight areas, and use his creative spark and guile to thread his teammates through on goal. In La Liga, he registered 12 assists, which was only bettered by Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria. He could add the Champions League to his medal collection if his side beat Real Madrid tonight in the final.
Although David Luiz is naturally a central defender, Chelsea are already well covered in that area, so could use the cash to sign a midfielder instead.
John Terry and Gary Cahill enjoy an excellent partnership, while Tomas Kalas provides decent backup, as will incoming £12m Frenchman Kurt Zouma.
In midfield though, the side arguably lacks flair, and genuine passing ability from deep. While Ramires, Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel are combative and defensively able, wither Koke or Pogba would add goals and a creative spark to the side – potentially replacing club legend Frank Lampard, who will likely play a more peripheral role now he’s 36.
The midfielder would arrive alongside Diego Costa, who is close to completing a £31.8m transfer himself.