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Reports in Spain reveals that Liverpool are ready to challenge Chelsea for Pedro’s signature. What is more the Catalan media claims that the Reds are willing to pay the buy-out clause for the winger.

Since few weeks Pedro is heavily linked with a move to England. Liverpool, Arsenal and of course Chelsea are really keen on signing Barcelona’s winger. It was said that the Blues are in pole position to sign Pedro, but according to the latest news, Liverpool have made a bid that can change everything.

The Catalan media claims that the Reds are willing to pay the buy-out clause for the Spanish player. We are talking here about the amount of £20.9m.  Liverpool are urgently looking for a replacement for Raheem Sterling who has joined Manchester City lately.

Pedro’s transfer to Liverpool would be a real suprise, as the Spanish winger stated some days ago that he is not interested in joining any club that will not participate in the Champions League.

While Jose Mourinho clearly stated that he would not spend  £21m on Pedro. So as long as Barcelone will not lower their price, Pedro’s transfer at Stamford Bridge will not take place.

According to the latest informations, any decisions regarding Pedro’s future will be taken after Barcelona’s presidential elections.

 

 

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A Chelsea fan who is one of four in court over alleged racist behaviour in Paris has accused the victim of being aggressive himself. 

Richard Barklie, from Northern Ireland, is facing a football banning order after the incident in February, where videos emerged of Chelsea fans stopping a black French man from getting on a Paris metro train.

The video footage of the incident then showed Chelsea fans on the train singing “we’re racist, we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”

But Mr Barklie, 50, who served as an officer with the Royal Ulster Constabulary and as a director with the World Human Rights Forum, has said that the French man, who has been named as Souleymane Sylla, was the one being aggressive.

Speaking in Stratford Magistrates Court earlier, Mr Barklie denied any wrongdoing:

“Mr Sylla, and it’s my view, was the only one using aggression.”

Mr Barklie, who is in court along with Jordan Munday, 20, of London, William Simpson, 26 and Joshua Parsons, also 20, both of Surrey, added that he only pushed Mr Sylla off the train as there was no more room.

A fifth man, Dean Callis, 32, of Liverpool Road in Islington, north London, earlier received a five year banning order for his role in Paris and other incidents involving violence.

When asked by his defence barrister, Nick Scott, if “there was any issue in relation to the colour of his skin,” Mr Barklie replied “none whatsoever.”

The court also heard Mr Munday, who is also accused of being involved in the incident, said there was enough space for him to force himself through the carriage and see the aftermath.

However he claimed he did not see the incident and had not been chanting “John Terry is a racist and that’s the way we like it, ooh ooh ooh.”

Adam Clemens, representing the Met Police, said: “At the end of the ooh ooh ooh your mouth was moving and it closes at the end.”

Mr Munday replied: “There was movement – I was breathing. I have to breathe.”

Video footage appeared to show Mr Munday “fronting up” to a black man and shoving him twice, but Mr Munday claimed he had been stalked by the man and felt threatened.

The trial continues.

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Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has admitted that he is jealous of Jose Mourinho’s success at Inter.

Despite the fact that Mancini won three consecutive Serie A titles with Inter, he was sacked in 2008. He was then replaced by Mourinho.

During the 2009-2010 season, The Special One won with Inter everything that there was to win. Nerazzurri won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. And this historic success is the subject of jealousy on the part of the Italian coach.

Roberto Mancini told La Gazzetta TV :

“I didn’t expect to be fired.

“I read the article in the morning and some doubts emerged in my mind. [Massimo] Moratti called and told me he’d made this decision.

“Did he mention Mourinho? No. I must thank Moratti anyway, because he gave me the opportunity to be the coach of Inter in an important moment of my career.”

Asked about Jose Mourinho and his success, Mancini said:

“I think he’s a good coach. Am I jealous about the treble? That’s a natural emotion, but I believe things happen because they were meant to happen.”

He was also asked about his comeback to Inter:

“I was waiting for a call from abroad more than a return to Italy.

“Above all, I never would’ve thought of a return to Inter. People do a lot of daft things in life and I did this, because it seemed unthinkable to go back where you have already won so much.

“It’s true, I thought we’d have a better final result that season, but I still believe this is my only side to have improved so much in five months. 

“It didn’t happen so quickly at Galatasaray, Manchester City or even my first Inter.”

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The Brazilian midfielder Oscar was the subject of many rumors regarding his future at the club from Stamford Bridge. But as we could see today, Chelsea have included him alongside Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in the new promotional campaign. Does this mean that the Brazilian will remain at Chelsea?

For many weeks, Oscar was heavily linked with leaving Chelsea. There has been speculation that with the potential arrival of Pedro or Witsel, the Brazilian winger may be forced to leave in order not to sit on the bench all the time.

Since the very beginning, Serie A giant Juventus was more then interested in signing the young Brazilian. Some time ago Massimiliano Allegri called Oscar ,, a footballing inventor” and assured that he would do everything possible to sign the winger. And according to the latest information, if Juventus complete the sale of Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich, the Old Lady will be able to offer a higher bid to Chelsea.

However, in April Oscar said :

“I’m very happy with Chelsea’s season so far and happy with my own performance as well, but I do think I could have contributed more to the team.”

What is more, as we could see today Chelsea have included Oscar alongside Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in the new promotional campaign.

Is this the way the club shuts off speculation about a transfer? We will find out soon.

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Legendary Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has warned Chelsea that it will be very difficult for them to defend the title in the upcoming season.

Former Arsenal player is convinced that Chelsea will have a very difficult task in the coming season, because all the teams are hungry for success. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have not won much in recent years and from their current transfer decisions it looks that they are getting ready for a fierce battle for the title.

Henry told Sky Sport :

“In my time, before Chelsea came along to battle with us and Manchester United, you guys knew it was all going to be Arsenal or United winning the league.”

“So the competition was within those two teams. That is why I think it is harsh, because when you think about it, before this year Chelsea hadn’t won the league for four years, and we all know the amount of time that Arsenal did not win the league.”

“Have a look at the competition now to win the league. It is very, very, very difficult, so I expect everyone is going to challenge them, everyone is going to try to make sure they can win the title.

“Because if I said to you: ‘City cannot have the same season again, Arsenal cannot stay another year without winning the league, United won’t accept not winning the league two years in a row’ – that does not go down too well over there. What about Liverpool? So I expect everyone to challenge them.”

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Serbian midfielder Danilo Pantic has joined Chelsea. He signed a four-year deal with the Blues in June but he was immediately sent on a loan to Vitesse.

The 18-year old player started his senior career in 2013 at Partizan Belgrad. He made his debut  on 26 May 2013 in a league fixture against Spartak Subotica. During his two years at the Serbian club he played in 17 matches scoring two goals. He has represented Serbia at the U17 and U19 levels. It is said that also Juventus was really interested in signing the young midfielder.

Even if the Serbian was immediately sent on a loan to Vitesse, he seems to be satisfied with this decision. What is more he will join there other Chelsea starlets such as Nathan, Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown.

Danilo Pantic told Vitesse TV :

“I signed a contract with Chelsea in June but I’m now on loan with Vitesse and I’m very happy,”

“This is a very good experience for me.”

Vitesse coach Petr Bosz told Vitesse TV:

“He’s very young and talented midfielder, but he hasn’t played for 6 months.

“He needs time to get 100% fit.”

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 Chelsea have launched their new home shirt for the 2015-16 Premier League season.

The motto of the campaign is: “If it’s not blue, it will be”.  The main task of the campaign is to draw attention to the players’ determination to dominate in European football.

The designers took inspiration from some classic 1980’s Chelsea shirts. White and red trims at the collar, sleeves, shorts and socks the kit celebrates the club colours and ties back to Chelsea’s kit history. But what makes each shirt unique is a finger print woven onto a label on each shirt.

The Blues will debut in their new kits during their pre-season tour to America.

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The Brazilian wonderkid, Kenedy has joined Chelsea on the club’s pre-season tour. 

Even if about Kenedy’s transfer there is no information on the official Chelsea website and his surname does not appear on the player’s list for the pre-season tour, all indications are that official information about his transfer is only a matter of days.

Chelsea winger, Oscar has posted on his Instagram a photo with Kenedy in full Blues training gear. What is more he wrote under the photo:  “Welcome @keenedy_ this new stage of your life!”

So it appears that Chelsea will soon finalize another great transfer.

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Kevin de Bruyne moved to Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014

Kevin de Bruyne has been warned not join Manchester City and instead stay at Wolfsburg for one more year by Edin Dzeko. 

Dzeko made the same move in 2009 when he swapped the Bundesliga side for Manchester’s second club and has played an important role in both City’s title successes since. De Bruyne joined Wolsburg from Chelsea last summer for £18 million and played with distinction, leading to speculation he will return to the Premiersip.

Dzeko was quoted as saying to German football magazine Kicker:

“Top players like Kevin De Bruyne won’t stay at Wolfsburg forever.

“Everybody dreams of one day playing for a leading international club. It was the same with me after we won the league in 2009 — I had the desire to do something different.

“Kevin has an advantage. Through his time at Chelsea he knows the Premier League and knows that it’s completely different.

“A lot of players who excelled in other leagues have had problems here — take Angel Di Maria.

“I’m certain that [he] has what it takes to play for one of the top clubs in Europe but he’s also aware that at these clubs there are 20 top players who always want to be on the pitch.

“Maybe it would also help him if he plays in the Champions League with Wolfsburg this season and takes another step in his development there.”

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