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Chelsea step up Pogba chase

Jose Mourinho has stepped up his pursuit of Juventus midfield star Paul Pogba as he looks to bring the young France international to Chelsea as he looks to prepare a new look midfield following the departure of Frank Lampard.

The Stamford Bridge side is prepared to offer the player the most lucrative contract in the history of the club and Mourinho wants the Frenchman to partner Nemanja Matic at the heart of the midfield.

The club has already completed the £ 30 million transfer of Spanish international Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona but Mourinho wants to deploy him in a tradition number ten role, leaving a gap in midfield which he hopes to fill with the Juventus starlet.

Pogba joined Juventus two years ago after leaving Manchester United on a free transfer and he has developed leaps and bounds during his time in Italy, becoming one of the most sought after players in world football.

Juventus are in no real need to sell their prized asset but a bid around their € 75 million valuation for the player might just clinch the deal for Chelsea.

The Blues are also on the verge of sealing a £ 60 million double swoop for Atletico Madrid stars Diego Costa and Filipe Costa and Tiago on a free transfer from Atletico as well. They have sold Brazilian international David Luiz for a massive £ 50 million fee to Paris Saint Germain and have already freed up some cash by releasing top earners such as Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, enabling them to go all out for the powerhouse Juventus midfielder.

Pogba is also keen to return to England and test himself in the Premier League but with Real Madrid circling, Chelsea have to move fast if they want to sign the highly rated Frenchman this summer.

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Mourinho Writes Off Title Hopes

After Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, manager Jose Mourinho has written off the title hopes of his team. Chelsea are in danger of slipping to the third position if Liverpool and Manchester City win their matches in hand. This was the second defeat suffered by the team in the last three matches, while it is also the second consecutive away match that they have lost by the same score. Chelsea were totally outplayed by Tony Pulis and his team, as they looked devoid of creativity against a team that was struggling against relegation earlier in the campaign.

Mourinho has been consistently downplaying Chelsea’s title ambitions this campaign and he says that after this defeat, it is almost impossible to think about the title. The club will now be switching their focus to the Champions League, in which they will be taking on French outfit PSG in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. This remains as the last opportunity for Chelsea to win a trophy in Mourinho’s second spell at the club. John Terry scored the own goal that was responsible for Chelsea’s defeat, but the blues did not create much opportunities at the other end to get three points.

Mourinho was critical of the attitude shown by his players in the match.

“I think now we have lost any chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results. Too much. When you depend a little it’s possible, but when you depend a lot, I don’t think it is. Six matches for us, and others with matches in hand … I know mathematically it’s possible, but one thing is mathematics and another is reality. We are not [contenders]. I don’t think it will happen: we depend too much on other results, and the other teams control what they need,” Mourinho said.

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INJURY UPDATES

Jose Mourinho has given his updates about the current injury situation at Chelsea and the news is not good for David Luiz and John obi Mikel. Both players are unlikely to be fit for the upcoming Champions League match against Galatasaray. The first leg of this last 16 tie will be in Turkey. Chelsea will be looking to get an away goal from this match, as it would give them a huge boost ahead of the return leg in Stamford Bridge. However, they will be without their defensive linchpins like David Luiz and John obi Mikel.

Both players are understood to be struggling, while the likes of Ramires and Oscar are also 50-50 to take part in the match. Oscar has been struggling with tiredness in the last few weeks. Mourinho himself has dropped him from the starting line-up citing the tiredness. He is unlikely to start given that most of the match is expected to be spent in trying to repel the attacks from the Turkish outfit, who are extremely strong at home. The absence of Mikel and Luiz could potentially be serious for Chelsea given that the Nemanja Matic will also be unavailable due to being cup tied.

Mourinho said that Ramires suffered an injury during the 1-0 win over Everton.

“We have three days so let’s see. With Mikel and David Luiz, I don’t know if they can recover. It’s important we have at least one of them because we don’t have Matic for the Champions League. It’s not a dangerous one, just a painful one. He said he could cope with the situation, clearly he couldn’t. Ramires had a similar situation to Oscar, I tried to protect him and not play him but the game demanded I play him. Clearly, though, he could cope with the situation,” said Mourinho.

CHELSEA SMASH UNITED

Chelsea humiliated Manchester United after managing a 3-1 win over one of their biggest Premier league rivals. John Terry has said that he is happy to have achieved this significant victory over the club, who have the upper hand in recent years in this fixture. Terry has been on the wrong side of defeat to United, with the most recent coming as early as last season after United managed a 3-2 win. However, they were never at their races in this encounter, as Chelsea dominated from start to finish with some clinical finishing.

United had most of the ball in the early exchanges, but they were unable to breach the impressive defence of Chelsea. The home team took the lead on the counter-attack through a goal from Samuel Eto’o, who scored his first hat-trick of his Chelsea career. As a result of this victory, Chelsea have moved within two points of Arsenal, who won their match on Saturday. Javier Hernandez scored the consolation goal, which reduced the margin of victory, but Terry did not seem too much worried about it. The defender has been part of an impressive record in recent weeks.

Chelsea have conceded just one goal in 2014, while Liverpool were the previous team to breach their defence several weeks ago.

“At times we have struggled over the years and Man Utd have come here and really given us a bit of a pasting. They’re not playing the greatest at the moment and it was important we did the same to them today. I think the result shows we’re pushing and trying to keep with Arsenal and Man City. The last two weeks have been important because we have worked on different defensive work. We are looking much more of a unit now and together,” said Terry speaking after the match.