Juventus midfield ace Paul Pogba reportedly turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea ahead of the transfer deadline.
L’Equipe initially reported the story on Thursday, suggesting that the 22-year-old had turned down the Premier League champions despite a personal phone call from Jose Mourinho.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported by Football Italia, Chelsea were willing to pay €85m for the French international, as well as sending Oscar to Turin as part of the deal.
However, it is reported that Pogba turned them down despite the fact that they were ready to offer him an annual salary of €12m.
Despite making significantly less with the Bianconeri, the former Man United midfielder turned down the advances of Mourinho and opted to stay in Turin where he hopes to become an influential figure for Massimiliano Allegri.
Following the departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, Pogba has become increasingly important to Juve and they will hope to ward off any further interest in January.