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According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan have recently joined the race for Chelsea’s left back Filipe Luis.

Italian media claims that Roberto Mancini is really keen on signing the Brazilian left back to strengthen Inter’s defence for the upcoming season. However, Inter’s chances to sign the player are really low as Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo has revealed on Friday that Rojiblancos are in talks with Chelsea regarding Filipe Luis. And it is no secret that the Brazilian player has admitted that he would be delighted to come back at Vicente Calderon.

However, Inter are counting on a the good relationship between Nerazzurri owner Thohir and Roman Abramovich. But also Diego Simeone remains in good relations with Jose Mourinho. Which friendship will be more effective ? We will find out soon.

 

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PEDRO

Manchester United will sign Pedro after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho announced that he is not interested in the Bacelona forward.

Pedro had been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea after falling behind in the pecking order at the Camp Nou following the signing of Luis Suarez last summer, but Jose Mourinho claimed at the weekend that he was not interested in bringing the Spain international to Stamford Bridge, leaving him to join either Manchester United or Liverpool.

Both clubs are willing to meet the buy-out clause for Pedro, but it is the Red Devils that will make an offer of over €30 million to land him, according to reports in Spain this morning. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has spoken of wanting to keep him but admitted he will be unable to stop him leaving if he so wishes.

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FILIPE LUIS

Chelsea manager José Mourinho opens to Filipe Luis exit: the left-back has been linked to his club, Atletico Madrid, since the transfer window started and what seemed just a rumour is becoming something more real.

The 29-year-old costed Chelsea £15.8million last year but the Portuguese coach is already prepared to see him leave, provided a similar fee can be brought in.

Augsburg’s Abdul Rahman Baba has been identified as the main target to replace the Brazilian player but the Ghanian footballer seemed not so keen to join Chelsea since he was afraid to have no gaming time at the Blues.

Anyway, Chelsea manager José Mourinho confirmed Luis is on the exit door:

If [Atletico Madrid] want [Filipe Luis] back then they have to pay and we have to discuss the offer. Then we have to react and we have to go in the market,” he said speaking during an interview with Sky Sports.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that before signing Radamel Falcao on a loan he asked John Terry and Gary Cahill for their opinion.

Chelsea manager has admitted that he did not hesitate for a moment to sign Radamel Falcao. However, the Special One stressed that before making the transfer decision he spoke with John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Mourinho told the journalists :

“I watched our game against Manchester United a few times. I spoke with John and Cahill a lot about him and we think the bright movement is there, the movement to get freedom in the box to score goals is there.”

“Our players had difficulty to control him and we feel the potential is there. Let’s see if he can improve his confidence, his happiness. ”

“The fact we have a good community of Portuguese (speaking) people at the club, plus the guys who were with him in Atletico Madrid (Diego Costa, Filipe Luis) – let’s see if this situation can help him.” 

The Special One has admitted that Falcao has to earn his place in the first team, the same as the other players:

“He can be second, first or third choice. He knows, Diego Costa knows and Loic Remy knows that. It is open competition between the three of them. That’s our objective, that’s why we want three strikers ready and important.”

“Last season Remy was basically the third forward but he scored so many important goals for us in crucial moments that gave us crucial points – the goal against Hull City, the goal against Stoke.”

“And Falcao is so motivated. When you are a top player, you have to live with this all through your career and you adapt to it. We felt his frustration. He is not happy that in England people think he is not as good as he is. That’s his motivation.”

Radamel Falcao will probably make his debut for Chelsea against Barcelona.  Jose Mourinho pointed out that the Columbian must be ready for the first Chelsea match in the Premier League

“I will give him half an hour against Barcelona but he has to be ready for the first league game [against Swansea],”

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea are looking to make one more signing this summer.

The numerous transfers of Chelsea rivals seems not to make any impression on Portuguese coach. What is more the Special One gave an interview today in which he stated that Chelsea are looking to make just one more signing during the transfer window.

Jose Mourinho told Sky Sport News HQ :

“I am looking for a defender to finish this balance in our squad and after that we are ready to answer anything that can happen to our players,”

“If one of our players in a specific position wants to leave, we agree a deal for a player to leave and we have to answer immediately and bring in somebody else, because at the moment we have balance in the squad and we cannot lose that.”

The Special One was asked about the potential Pedro transfer. And as always he answered in his own style:

“I have five wingers, if I lose one maybe I am interested in another but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers.”

So far Chelsea have signed Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao on loan. And it is not a secret that the Blues are determined to sign also John Stones from Everton.

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Italian sources claims that AS Roma is closing in on Chelsea’s winger Mohamed Salah. Jose Mourinho admitted today that he sees no place for the Egyptian in his team.

According to the Italian media, Roma director of football Walter Sabatini has reached an agreement for the Salah’s personal terms. Now he has to convince Chelsea to sell their winger. However, it is very likely that the two sides quickly come to an agreement as the Blues already have enough problems with the player.

What’s more it seems that Jose Mourinho has already made his decision about the winger’s future. As we informed two days ago the Special One decided not to take Salah on Chelsea’s pre-season training camp to Canada, and already this decision could be a signal that the Egyptian is about to leave Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho told Chelsea TV today :

“I see his future elsewhere, either as a loan or an offer that we are happy to accept.”

“At the moment with Hazard and Willian, Traore, Moses and Cuadrado we have five players for these positions. It is better not to have so many.”

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reveals that Chelsea want €20 million plus €5m in bonuses for the Egyptian.

Is this finally the end of Salah transfer saga ?

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Jose Mourinho has revealed today that he is ready to sale Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid.

Filipe Luis joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last summer for around £15m. But, the Brazilian did not meet the expectations of The Special One. Moreover, he lost his place in the starting lineup for Cesar Azpilicueta.

Since some time there were reports that Luis personally would like to return at Vicente Calderon. This message very pleased Diego Simeone, who does not hide that he would be delighted to have the Brazilian defender available again at Rojiblancos.

Some days ago Atletico president Enrique Cerezo revealed that the two clubs were in talks over Luis return to Madrid. After today’s words of Jose Mourinho, it seems that negotiations are going in the right direction.

Mourinho told Chelsea’s TV :

“If [Atletico Madrid] want him back then they have to pay and we have to discuss the offer.”

“[If he leaves] then we have to react and we have to go in the market [and find a replacement].”

What is more, Atletico defender Juanfran told the reporters today :

“I’d love Filipe Luis to come back. He’s a great friend and player and I’m sure that the Vicente Calderon would take him back too because he sacrificed sweat for the shirt as much as anyone else,”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea have made a bid of Everton’s John Stones, meaning that the the long and successful career of John Terry may be coming to an end.

The Portuguese has claimed, however, that he does not expect the coming season to be the former England captain’s last for Chelsea, and that Stones could play alongside Terry as well as any other of Chelsea’s two other central defenders- Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma.

Buying a defender is apparently one of Chelsea’s priorities this summer, or at least a player that can bolster the club’s back line. The club was linked with Raphael Varane for much of the second half of last season until new Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez decided he wasn’t for sale at any price. Stones appears to be the one that the Champions have decided can be acquired without upsetting the balance of the side, and that a defender is indeed a necessary purchase this summer.

To see how important an improved defence is for Chelsea, one only need look at the club’s soft exit in the Champions League at the hands of PSG last season. Three times Chelsea led in the tie and three times they let in goals from the wings when their opponents’ were given free headers in the penalty area. Jose Mouinho’s first tenure at Stamford Bridge was successful because he built the toughest team to beat in Europe. The first season, 2004/05, Chelsea conceded 12 goals in the Premiership and in one instance went months without letting one in.

Chelsea’s strength at the back evaporated following the exit of Mourinho in 2007, and in the decade since their first Premiership title they have failed to find that strength in defence. Losing concentration was an unfortunate aspect in the middle part of last season when the team’s season threatened to fall apart in the midst of some awful results; the defeats away at Spurs and at home to Bradford will give one goosebumps for some time.

What is clear is that Chelsea’s defence is, in its current form, ageing. It is too easy to simply look at the 34-year-old John Terry and say, as many have, that he has lost a yard a pace- as if he had any to begin with- and decide that it is his replacement that the club have in mind when they look to buy John Stones. Last season was, actually, the captain’s best for many years, and it is more pertinent to look at his partner Gary Cahill, who this reporter wrote routinely last season as being at fault instead of Terry for some of the Chelsea’s most costly performances.

The purchase of John Stones could be a very good one for the team; a young, quick English defender to supplement Terry’s positional excellence, and provide competition for Kurt Zouma, up until this point considered the natural leader of Chelsea’s defence. While the reported price of an excess of £26 million may be too much, it could well be a thought of as a bargain before long.

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pogba
Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Speaking to the Guardian José Mourinho revealed that Chelsea dropped out of Pogba’s race:

I think everybody has an interest in Pogba. But there are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love the Eiffel Tower but I can’t have the Eiffel Tower in my garden,he admitted in the interview.

Then he continued:

To go for somebody it’s because I lose somebody. It’s because somebody wants to leave and because somebody brings the perfect offer for Chelsea to accept. I think the market is inflated.

Football breaks every situation. This season we are saying: ‘Oh, look at this amount for Sterling.’ But it will be worse next season. Next season someone will pay £60m. Football is like this – one season is financial fair play, the next is a way to dribble [past] the financial fair play. It doesn’t upset me. I’m happy with the way that we are doing things I am happy with the challenge of fighting against this power. I told the players that we are the same team and the others are not the same team.

I cannot stop opponents to make an assault to the banks and spend millions and millions. I cannot stop that. I cannot stop [that] the others have a feeling that we are playing against the champions“.

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ALESSIO ROMAGNOLI ROMA
Alessio Romagnoli is considered the new Alessandro Nesta in Italy.

Sky Sport Italia reports that Chelsea are interested in Roma’s defender Alessio Romagnoli.

The Italian player can be included in the Salah’s deal in what we can call a swap: in fact, Roma sport director Walter Sabatini was in London in the past days to negotiate for the Egyptian player, who refused earlier this month another season on loan at Fiorentina, where he made an impact in the last months of the past campaign.

Roma and Inter are really interested in the striker that Chelsea signed from Basel in January 2014, but Roma seem in a better position now, having also in their squad Romagnoli, who can be the defender that José Mourinho is looking for to build the future Chelsea defence with Cahill and Zouma.

The Blues boss admitted the west London club placed a bid for Everton‘s John Stones, but the Toffees don’t seem very keen to sell the defender and manager Roberto Martinez admitted he will be very difficult they will let him go. It can be a way to make Chelsea understand to raise the bid, so we are going to wait to see how the situation develops.

Meanwhile, it seems that Roma made a £15 + bonus offer for Salah: the Giallorossi rejected a £20m offer from AC Milan for Romagnoli, but since Chelsea are very interested in the defender – that in Italy many people believe can be the new Alessandro Nesta- it’s possible that the negotiation will go on and the Blues can sign Romagnoli paying him with Salah and some money.

There is still more than one month of transfer market, so everything can happen.

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