Chelsea were unable to complete a deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, despite reportedly offering a whopping £88m bid.
According to the Daily Express, Italian football expert James Horncastle claims that the Blues never had a chance at signing the French superstar.
“I think that Chelsea believed the offer that they were putting on the table was a competitive offer and was better than any of the other offers that Juventus had received,” Horncastle said.
Juventus refused to sell their midfielder and are understood to have even told Chelsea that he is not for sale.
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It has become difficult for any team to convince the Blues to sell Pogba since Juventus have already lost Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal.
The Blues were keen to make a signing before the transfer deadline, contrasting their passive approach taken earlier in the summer.
However, desperate times called for desperate measures at Stamford Bridge after the Blues suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Manchester City.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich gave Chelsea permission to spend more freely after their slow start continued.
The Blues ultimately settled for defensive depth by signing Michael Hector and Papy Djilobodji.
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