first_imgJuventus were never going to sell Paul Pogba to Chelsea this summer, Italian football expert James Horncastle has told talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side have tracked Pogba for over a year and were linked with making a €100m offer for the former Manchester United midfielder after their poor start to the season.And while Horncastle confirms the Blues did make a formal bid for the Frenchman, he insists Juventus were never going to sell him.“I think that Chelsea believed the offer that they were putting on the table was a competitive offer and was better than any of the other offers that Juventus had received – and they had received some extraordinary ones this season,” Horncastle told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“Their general manager Massimiliano Allegri said that they actually entertained Barcelona coming to Milan for a talk about Pogba but they came out of those talks saying we are absolutely not selling this player, particularly not this summer after we have lost Carlos Tevez and (Arturo) Vidal.”Horncastle also said that Pogba himself had no intention of leaving this summer after requesting the no.10 shirt for the forthcoming season – a move which may have raised his value even higher.“They look at it and think that they want to build the future of the club around him – how realistic that is beyond this current season, I don’t know – but he asked for the no.10 shirt which was vacated by Carlos Tevez and they gave it to him,” he continued.“Not only is that a statement of intent from Pogba to stay at the club and to get that added responsibility to make that extra leap of development, but it raises his value even further as it is one of the most prestigious shirts in world football.“I don’t think they were ever going to sell but I can understand why Chelsea thought the offer that they were making might have wet their appetite.”last_img