Jose Mourinho has spoken about Chelsea's reported interest in midfielder Paul Pogba, while also providing reassurances that new signing Radamel Falcao is now sufficiently recovered from the knee surgery that forced him to miss last year's World Cup.
Pogba, 22, has gone from strength-to-strength since leaving Manchester United under something of a cloud in 2012, helping Juventus to continue their reign of domestic dominance and attracting considerable transfer attention from multiple clubs in Spain, France and England.
Chelsea - alongside the likes of Manchester City, Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid - are reportedly one such interested party, with the London Evening Standard suggesting at the end of last season that the French international featured on a summer wishlist that also included Atletico duo Antoine Griezmann and Koke as well as defender Raphael Varane and Morgan Schneiderlin.
While Mourinho certainly holds an interest in Pogba, he appears to believe that the player is simply too expensive to consider as a viable target given the Premier League champions' recent approach of selling to buy in the modern era of restrictive Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
"Pogba is not to put pressure on people," he was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "Pogba is one of the top players in the world. Pogba goes to any team and improves that team automatically. If he stays at Juventus, Juventus will be very strong again. If he goes somewhere else he will improve immediately a team.
"This is not our case. We are changing Cech for Begovic, we are changing Didier for Falcao and we are changing kids by other kids. I think everybody has an interest in Pogba. But there are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love the Eiffel Tower but I can't have the Eiffel Tower in my garden. I can't even have the Eiffel Tower of Las Vegas."
While Pogba appears an unlikely signing, one player who did arrive at Stamford Bridge earlier this month is Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian striker, on loan from parent club AS Monaco, is looking to rebuild his shattered reputation following a dismal campaign at Manchester United in which he managed just four goals in 29 total appearances under Louis van Gaal.
Many believe that Falcao simply has not been the same force to be reckoned with since damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in a Coupe de France fixture against Chasselay Monts d'or Azergues in January 2014.
Mourinho, however, is confident that he is now over that setback and claimed there were a variety of factors behind his failure to adapt at Old Trafford.
"When a players is injured or has bad consequences of a big injury there is sometimes nothing you can do," he added.
"We made ourselves sure that was not the case with Falcao because if that was the case he would not be with us.
"He didn't perform [at United] for many reasons. Some players don't perform with me, some players don't perform with Chelsea, they go to other clubs and they perform. This can happen. So we know that Falcao is in good conditions related to the surgery he had before he went to Man United."
Attracting a new forward was a priority for Chelsea during the current transfer window following Didier Drogba's decision to depart at the end of his second stint in West London.
Diego Costa enjoyed a hugely positive first campaign in English football but suffers from recurring hamstring problems while the option of Loic Remy as a lone backup is simply not good enough for a side with ambitions of continued success.
Despite his desperate lack of form last term, Mourinho believes Falcao fits the bill nicely and does not seem to be on the hunt for any further additions in that area.
He added: "We believe that he can with us and to replace a big player like Didier we wanted to go with another big player with experience, ready, so these three strikers for us – Falcao, Rémy and Diego. We are very happy."