Chelsea's hopes of luring Paul Pogba to Stamford Bridge have been dealt a blow with Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta revealing the player will remain in Italy next season.
Former Manchester United midfielder Pogba has long been linked with a return to these shores with the Daily Mail claiming Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to be named the new Chelsea boss, is eager to make the France international his first signing at Stamford Bridge.
A fee of £70m has been suggested for the move but it may not be enough to get the deal done with Pogba now seemingly ready to commit to at least one more season with the Bianconeri.
"Pogba is a Juventus player and still has an ongoing contract with us," Marotta said, ESPN report. "Plus he has also told us about his intention to stay with us. All the conditions are there for him to continue with Juventus for the upcoming years.
"The Juventus jersey is something you honour right until the end. It is not a foregone conclusion yet that he will stay at Juventus, because nothing is ever guaranteed in football, but it is highly likely that he will stay put."
Conte is also reportedly keen to bring Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci to Stamford Bridge, with John Terry poised to leave the club at the end of the season when his current contract expires.
While arrivals are expected, The Daily Telegraph claims Chelsea are not looking to a mass clear-out of players who have underperformed this season, and are instead hoping Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Oscar take the opportunity to prove their poor form this term is just a blip.