Juventus have revealed that they rejected a series of bids over the summer from Paul Pogba from several top European sides, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Stamford Bridge club were thought to be particularly keen on the former Manchester United youth prospect, who has gone on to establish himself as a top player since making the move to Serie A.
His quality was evidenced at this summer’s World Cup, where he was voted the competition’s most impressive young star.
There were significant rumours throughout the summer that he would be making a switch back to the Premier League, where he never imposed himself while playing for the Old Trafford side.
It seemed as though the rumours never developed into anything concrete from any of the supposedly interest parties, but Juventus have since confirmed that they rejected a series of bids.
Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that they turned down the offers, saying: “Yes, absolutely, some offers arrived from abroad, from top European clubs.
“But we decided not to indulge them.
“We were in a position not to accept and we did with great awareness of the fact that we are talking about two very important components of our squad.”