Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is said to be confident about completing the signings of Paul Pogba from Juventus and Everton's John Stones before the transfer window comes to a close on Tuesday 1, September at 6pm. The Blues boss is keen to strengthen his squad after his team's slow start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
According to the Mirror, the Portuguese manager is convinced that he can complete the two major signings, which will take the Blues' spend this summer to a reported £159m ($246.4m) following the arrivals of Nathan, Kenedy, Asmir Begovic, Baba Rahman and Pedro Rodriguez. The latter from Barcelona being the club's most expensive signing thus far this transfer window.
Chelsea have already had three bids rejected by the Merseyside club for the England international defender. However, they are said to be confident about landing him after the player submitted a transfer request to force through a move before transfer deadline day.
The report claims that talks between the two clubs have begun, but the Toffees remain adamant that the former Barnsley defender is not for sale. Roberto Martinez confirmed that the club will reject the player's transfer request, while stating "sometimes money can't buy everything."
Apart from Chelsea, Premier League rival Manchester United are said to be interested in signing the young Englishman. According to ESPN FC, they will offer Jonny Evans as part of the deal to soften the blow of losing a key player.
"Not yet – because today was a match day and that was the priority. We will reject it in the morning and get on with our business," Martinez said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"I am repeating myself but I don't think it is right for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games. We shouldn't put our players under that massive pressure. It becomes a bit of a circus."
"The situation with John is very clear. We care about him. We will protect him and make sure we give him everything we can to allow him to enjoy his football. Clearly we have got to a point – in life and football – when sometimes money can't buy everything," the former Wigan Athletic manager reiterated.
Pogba, on the other hand, has been linked with a move to England from last summer, but the speculation had died down in recent weeks suggesting that he will remain in Juventus next season, especially following the departures of Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo. However, Mourinho feels that he can tempt the young French midfielder into leaving the Turin giants, where he won three consecutive league titles, and join the Stamford Bridge outfit this summer.
The former Manchester United midfielder is valued at around £70m ($108.4m) and the Blues are willing to break the bank to land the midfielder. According to The Guardian, the Red Devils are also keen to bring him back to Old Trafford, after allowing him to join Juventus on a free-transfer in 2012.