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Mohamed Salah was the hot name in Italian transfer market in the past month: the Egyptian player created a real saga, refusing another loan to Fiorentina, the club where he spent the second part of the last season, impressing with outstanding performances and 10 goals in all the competitions.

It was rumoured that Inter offered him a new deal, trying to get him on loan or negotiating with Chelsea for a permanent deal, so Fiorentina threatened to take the player and Inter to court.

At the end the player came back to his parent club, Chelsea, who will decide on his future, and many people were ready to bet about José Mourinho taking him to pre-season training camp in Canada and tour in the USA, to observe him and verify his progress after the Serie A spell.

But the manager decided not to take him in Montreal and selected players like Victor Moses, who was on loan to Stoke City in the last campaign, or youngsters Chalobah, Clarke-Salte and Ola Aina, with even new signing Kenedy joining them in Montreal, but he didn’t select Salah, that now is officially aside of first team squad and ready to leave Chelsea again.

Salah’s agent is now expected in London to negotiate with Chelsea board about the player future: the Egyptian star is a target Italian giants Roma and Inter, but in the last days also Liverpool entered the “battle” to sign him, an option that will allow him to stay in the Premier League and be more ready for Chelsea in case he will return in the future.

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Victor Moses can be part of Chelsea squad next year

The Mirror  reports that Tottenham are keen to make a £8m bid on Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City.

The Nigerian player is currently in Canada with the rest of the squad for the pre-season training camp and USA tour, a sign that means that José Mourinho can count on him for the upcoming campaign.

It is thought that Moses is keen on a return to London, where he grew up playing football at boyhood club Crystal Palace.

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Oscar spoke to Chelsea official website at the end of the first day of the pre-season in Canada.

For the Brazilian player is not very common to start a pre-season from the very beginning, since in the past years he always joined the squad in the middle of it, being busy with his national team.

This is the first time I have started pre-season and for me this is very, very important,’ Oscar says while smiling to Chelseafc.com .

“It is important to stay with the family and friends and the full holiday for me this time is very important because for five years I didn’t have that holiday, and in the last three years I played more than 200 games and this is a lot.

For this reason, José Mourinho stated back in May: “Oscar is a fabulous player but he’s never had a pre-season in his life. He’s always been playing in tournaments everywhere, he’s never had a rest. Now, because he’s injured he’s not going to the Copa America and I have a feeling that next year Oscar can have the same kind of evolution as [Eden] Hazard had this season”.

“‘I think the same: I want to play better and I want to score more goals and to play my best football, because I know my quality and I know for sure I can make this season better than last season, and last season was a good season because we were champions and won two competitions. I want to be champion in more competitions this season

At the end of the past season Oscar made a little promotional tour in Malaysia with one of the biggest player of all the time, Pelè. He recalls:

It was good: Pelè is an idol for me, an unbelievable person and when I see him he is such a nice person. For Brazil and for football, he is very important and I liked spending two days together with him.

“He said he has liked my football for a long time and he always says good things about me and that means a lot. Of course I never saw him play but everyone in Brazil sees the videos and he is the king for football.

Last year Oscar won the Goal of the Year Award for Chelsea, a thing he would like to repeat:

“In these three years I have scored a lot of beautiful goals and I will try to score more. This season the Brazilians will try to win Goal of the Year again“.

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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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Ghoulam's experience in two different leagues could be an asset to Chelsea.

Arsenal have made a formal bid of £7 million for Chelsea target Faouzi Ghoulam as they seek to bolster their defence following the signing of Petr Cech. 

ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that Arsenal were not planning on making any more signings, but Arsene Wenger appears to have decided to make the signing of Ghoulam and have made an offer to his club Napoli for the left-back.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have shown interest, but it is the club that finished 3rd last season that has the advantage over the champions. Jose Mourinho had looked at Ghoulam as a potential replacement for Filipe Luis, but that now appears to be over.

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French side AS Monaco are reportedly interested in Chelsea midfielder Juan Cuadrado, according to French reports.

The Colombian midfielder has been somewhat of a flop since joining from Fiorentina in January, making just 14 appearances, 10 of which were off the bench, as he has failed to cement a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

With competition for midfield places particularly fierce, it was reported that Cuadrado would move back to Europe, with Juventus, AS Roma and Atletico Madrid all interested in the 27-year old. However, they were reportedly put off by Chelsea’s £24.5 million price tag for the player. Even if that fee was met, it would be £2 million less than what the Blues paid Fiorentina for Cuadrado’s services earlier this year, in a deal which saw Mohammed Salah move the other way.

Cuadrado’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, has recently defended his client and assured that Cuadrado does have a place at Stamford Bridge:

“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player who Mourinho wanted only five months ago; he believes in him,” he said.

“Cuadrado has many admirers, but I repeat, he is a Chelsea player.

“I will decide with Juan, as his agent, about his future, nobody else will.”

According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, Monaco are keen to take Cuadrado on a season-long loan.



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Mohamed Salah’s saga goes on: after refusing to stay on loan to Fiorentina two weeks ago the Egyptian winger is waiting for a decision from his parent club, Chelsea, where he went back in this start of the pre-season.

Tomorrow the Blues will take off towards Montreal, Canada, for their pre-season training camp and tour, where the matches will be played in the USA: New York, Charlotte and Washington.

Salah is ready to leave with his team-mates if a solution won’t be found before Friday his agent is expected in London by the end of the week to speak with Chelsea board.

Meanwhile Fiorentina general director Andrea Rogg commented:

“The relation between Fiorentina and Chelsea is excellent.

“There has been some contact between clubs. Our position is open to a solution, without forgetting that we have more than one reason to feel we are right about this.

“We want to emerge from this situation in an amicable manner. Chelsea have many interesting players and this could be the route we go down.”

Inter, Roma and Atletico Madrid are really keen on the player and are waiting for a decision from Chelsea too but Fiorentina want to find an agreement with Chelsea to not sell or loan the player in Italy.

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Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has called upon his old club not to let Pedro join Chelsea. saying that the 27-year-old is one of the most important players at the Camp Nou. 

Citing the club’s historic treble winning season of 2009, Abidal emphasised Pedro’s value to the team as a whole.

“Players such as Pedro cannot be allowed to go. I know him as a player but also as a person. He is a player who fits into the first team very well. When we won everything in 2009, the most important goals were his.”

Pedro was an ever-present member of the Barcelona team before Luis Suarez joined from Liverpool last summer, and the Uruguay international ultimately pushed the Spaniard out of the first team. He has been strongly linked with a number of clubs, of whom Chelsea are the most prominent.

Continuing, Abidal said:

“The work was of the whole team, but sometimes you have to go into the finer details and Pedro is a player who always gives these details.

“Pedro is still an important part of this squad, but everyone knows that the player always wants to play and before he had more minutes than now. If Laporta wins, we will look at his future.”

Pedro played 35 times for Barcelona as they won the treble for the second time, however 20 of those appearances came as a substitute.



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