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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a midfielder to revamp his squad, concerned by a lack of creativity in that area of the field.

He individuated one name in Chelsea roster, a player that he knows really, having worked with him at Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas went back to his childhood club in summer 2011 in a £ 40m move from Arsenal, where he transferred when he was just 16 from the Catalan club.

After a great first year at Blaugrana under Guardiola the relationship between the two kind of fell out: the Spanish coach left the club, anyway, in June 2012 and Fabregas moved to Chelsea a couple of years later.

But now Guadiola is ready to bet everything on Fabregas again: a £ 20m offer is ready to bring him to City.

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He’s been one of the best players so far at EURO 2016 and his performances, of course, weren’t unnoticed.

Inter star Ivan Perisic was targeted by Barcelona and Chelsea after being the protagonist of the three Croatia matches in France, especially the one of the other night against Spain, where he provided the assist for Kalinic‘s equaliser and scored the winner with a couple of minutes to go.

Inter put a basic £ 30m fee on him, but if Perisic will keep performing like this his price will increase.

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After claiming he wanted a Barcelona return a few days ago Chelsea star Pedro backtracks and says he’s keen to stay at Stamford Bridge, since a return to his former club is almost impossible:

“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spanish forward said to RAC1.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.

“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.”

 

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Paul Pogba is one of the hottest star on the football market this summer.

The Juventus midfielder has been targeted by several top clubs around Europe, including Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

But in this moment, another team seems in pole position: in fact, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola admitted they are in an ealry negotiaton with the Champions of Europe:

“We are in an early negotiation with Real Madrid: he likes the club and he likes the manager, Zinedine Zidane.”

This could be, anyway, also a way to provoke a reaction in the other sides interested in Pogba, so to trigger an “auction” to sign the player, that is valued € 120m, around £ 100m.

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Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez has admitted that he wants to return to Barcelona, after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the European Championship’s, joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £22m, but failed to make much of an impact last season.

Pedro told BeIN Sport that he hopes to return to Barca, but admits will be tough.

“Hopefully [I can return to Barcelona] but I know it’s hard.

“I have already spoken about it with the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] when we [Barcelona] were in the [Cup] final [when Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 last month] and spoke to all the people who want me there.

“It’s complicated, but I’ve always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it’s difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.”

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Chelsea striker Pedro knows Pep Guardiola really well, having spent four years with him at Barcelona, winning many trophies together, including two Champions League.

The Blues forward, anyway, reckons it won’t be easy for his former manager in his new adventure in the Premier League, where he will take charge at Manchester City:

“Although we know he is a great coach, Pep is not going to have it easy,” Pedro said to Marca.

“It’s a difficult league, complicated. I don’t think he will be able to express his football.”

 

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Barcelona are looking to replace Dani Alves with Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

After Dani Alves chose to join Juventus, Luis Enrique is in the market for a right-back. Barcelona first made attempts to purchase Arsenal‘s Hector Bellerin, however, they have since turned their attention to Azpilicueta.

The 26-year-old still has 3-years left running on his contract with the Blues but lack of Champions League football and a move back to Spain could persuade the Spaniard into a move away from Stamford Bridge.

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Barcelona sport director Roberto Fernandez spoke about Arda Turan‘s situation.

The Turkish winger signed from Blaugrana last summer, but he couldn’t play until January for the FIFA embargo: anyway, he didn’t really impress in the months he was able to play and was not a regular in the Luis Enrique‘s side.

That is why he was linked with other European top clubs, among these we also got Chelsea and radio network TalkSport insists that the Blues are still keen on him.

But Barcelona’s sport director claimed the club still trust him:

“Arriving at Barça, even if you come from a big club, is not a simple process. You face [getting into a team] a team that is very strong,” Fernandez said in his press conference.
“But we expect a lot from him, we have total confidence in him and hopefully he will be decisive next season.”

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