Chelsea to swoop now for 3m Pogba as rivals wait until summer for United rebel
Up for grabs: French midfielder Paul Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer
Chelsea are prepared to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for the signing of Paul Pogba with a 3million bid this month.
The Manchester United contract rebel has been long been tipped as one of the stars of the future, but he is yet to secure a regular spot in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team squad.
Pogba is now in the final six months of contract, allowing him to speak with other clubs about a possible cut-price transfer come the summer. And his refusal to agree terms has seen him marginalised by his manager.
With City and Arsenal already tentatively making enquiries over an end-of-season switch, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has attempted to steal a march on the rest with a January bid, according to the Mirror.
Two scouts were deployed to watch the Frenchman in action on Thursday night as Manchester United's second-string run riot against Newcastle. Alongside captain Davide Petrucci, Pogba was instrumental in the 6-0 win.
The France Under 19 international joined United from Le Harve in 2009 and has made three Carling Cup appearances this term.
Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen.