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Chelsea will try to hijack Barcelona’s Pedro move to Manchester United.

After the horror season start José Mourinho is ready to revamp his squad and would like to add the Spanish winger to his attack:  Pedro was set to join Man United after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to Barcelona for further meeting last Monday.

Red Devils are still confident the deal will be closed once the structure of payments is agreed.

Anyway, Chelsea are now in need of another player to improve the squad that last season secured Premier League title and League Cup, after dismissing their interest in Pedro early in the summer, now owner Roman Abramovich seems keen on signing the Spanish forward.

Pedro knows his adventure at Barcelona is finished: despite being one of the most decisive men in these past five years, he never got the credit he deserved and was seen isolated and thoughtful in the celebration of Barcelona’s latest trophy- European Super Cup about one week ago, where he scored the winner in the extra time after a crazy game against Sevilla that ended 4-4 in the 90′- a sign the feeling with his fellow-mates and the club is not the same anymore.

The buy-out clause in Pedro’s contract is around £22m and Chelsea are now ready to fight Manchester United to sign him before the transfer window shuts.


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Jose Mourinho considers Rahman’s signing as extremely important and relevant to the club.

Baba Rahman has signed for Chelsea from Augsburg for an amount of around £20m. The Ghana left- back is considered as Filipe Luis successor at Stamford Bridge.

The Special One does not hide his satisfaction with the finalization of the transfer. The Portuguese coach hopes, that Rahman will be ready to play as soon as it is only possible.

Mourinho said :

It’s important because he’s a left-back and he can compete with Azpilicueta,”

 “At the same time, Azpi can also compete with Ivanovic for the right-back position.”

“This player replaces Filipe Luis in terms of the balance of the squad.”

“Hopefully next week he will be ready.”

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace John Terry with Kurt Zouma at half-time.

John Terry had not been substituted since May 2013, that is why Mourinho’s decision is widely commented upon by all. According to Wright, the Special One could have dealt with the situation in a different way in order to avoid questioning Terry’s role at the club.

Wright told the Evening Standard :

“I do feel the Chelsea boss could have handled things a little bit different with Terry at the Etihad. Terry was subbed at half-time with Mourinho admitting it was tactical because he wanted more pace to handle Sergio Aguero and Co.”

“If that was the reasoning, I’d have to ask why Jose played him at all.”

“I think he could have called Terry into his office, explained his decision and while John wouldn’t have been happy, he’d have handled it professionally and accepted it as best for the team.”

“His absence could have been explained as having a tweak, a little knock, then it’s not an issue at all. As it is, his whole future has become a talking point,”



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Chelsea will revisit the potential purchase of Isco in their attempts to get their season back on track after earning just one point from their first twp games.

Jose Mourinho was at Real Madrid shortly before Isco joined the ten-time European Cup winners in 2013, and the Portuguese is reported to believe that the answer to Chelsea’s troubles are in the shape of the midfielder.

The 22-year-old is apparently happy in the Spanish capital and is a part of Rafael Benitez’ plans, despite some reports to the contrary earlier this summer. Despite that, Chelsea will pursue the signing of Isco before the transfer window is out.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has shrugged off suggestions that his side’s fitness isn’t up to scratch.

The claims have arisen after the Blues’ humiliating 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, which followed a disappointing 2-2 draw against Swansea on the opening weekend.

Jose Mourinho admitted last week that his squad tired at the end of their title-winning 2014/15 campaign, and said that the build up to this season, with a three-game tour of North America ending just two days before the Community Shield Final (which Chelsea lost), was ‘a slower start’.

Costa himself has been slowly returning from a recurring hamstring injury, which forced the Spaniard to sit out the 1-0 Community Shield Final defeat to Arsenal on August 2nd. However, he has started both of the club’s games this season.

But Costa is confident that his side will get their title defence back on track with three points against West Brom.

“We need to keep a cool head and communicate better,” the 28-year old told The Express.

“The coach (Mourinho) did the pre-season just as he needed to, our fitness is fine, we just need to win a game and everything will change.”

“I feel very well,” he added. “I’m coming off an injury but I’m getting minutes and I feel better every time out.”


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According to the latest reports, Everton have set a £40 million price tag for defender John Stones.

It’s the latest twist in a summer-long transfer saga, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all reportedly interested in the 21-year old.

Jose Mourinho, who’s substitution of John Terry last weekend has been interpreted as the clearest sign yet that Chelsea want a new centre-back, has already seen a £20 million and £26 million bid rejected for Stones.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has previously said that the Toffees would not be selling their talented centre-back, but it appears they have performed a huge U-turn.

The Daily Mail reports that Mourinho is set to see a £30 million bid for Stones rejected.



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Former legendary Manchester United player Gary Neville is convinced, that John Terry’s substitution at Manchester City clash, does not mean that his career at Chelsea is coming to an end.

During the Sunday’s clash against the Citizens, John Terry was taken off by manager Jose Mourinho at half-time. This decision was shock for Chelsea fans and a surprise for the experts.

In the meantime, the English media have begun to speculate about the end of the career of John Terry at Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville also decided to comment on Terry’s situation. In his opinion, the rumors about the end of Terry’s career are bogus. Because it is normal that Terry from time to time will be replaced by another player

Neville told Monday Night Football :

”John Terry is 34, and this is going to happen”

“He’ll wake up this morning and the world’s ending, his career’s over – but I saw Jamie Carragher sit on the bench for Liverpool for 18 months, I’ve seen the same with myself when I was substituted three times within 55 minutes in my last year at United.”

“I saw it with Steve Bruce at the end of his career at United, when I was playing alongside him, or with Tony Adams for England, or with Laurent Blanc. It happens.”

“There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in.”

“My genuine belief is that it’s not the end of the world for John Terry. It was a big shock to him yesterday, and it’s almost like a public embarrassment – we’ve been there.”

“But I don’t buy into the fact that his career’s over”

“There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in.



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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has revealed, that he has never been so prepared for a match as for the Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.

Kompany has praised Manuel Pellegrini for the excellent tactical team preparation in the match against the Blues:

‘I have never felt as prepared for a game as I did for this one,”

“You could see it – we were setting traps all over the pitch and it planned out perfectly for them.That may be the advantage of only playing one match a week at the moment. If I have to give credit to the team for one thing, it was the way we prepared. There was not one thing Chelsea threw at us that we didn’t know about.”

“Two years ago we had a game against Chelsea where they completely dominated us. They only won 1-0 [at the Etihad in February 2014] but probably deserved more. Ever since we have had good games against them, even though we didn’t win last year – we have adapted really well. We probably over-committed less today, but made just as many chances and looked more stable defensively – it was a top performance.”

Manchester City have started the new season very well, but Kompany, warns against excessive optimism:

“Let’s not get carried away. It’s only two games and there are many to play,”

“It’s great we have done what we have so far, but as much as my performances can influence the team, the team influences the performances of every individual as well and all of us enjoyed it.”

He also joked about being City’s top scorer so far :

“I don’t expect it to go on for too long, but I am probably more happy about the two clean sheets. If I am top-scorer for too long, we are in massive trouble,”

“I want Sergio [Agüero] to catch up quickly and go on to be top-scorer in the Premier League again.”

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According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are now leading the race to sign Antonio Rudiger.

The report claims Italian side Roma have already enquired about the Stuttgart defender with a view to a season-long loan deal, but this was immediately rebuffed, putting Chelsea on alert as a result.

Roma are apparently set to table a bid for a permanent deal, as they seek a replacement for Alessio Romagnoli.

However, Jose Mourinho is set to try and sabotage this bid for the 22-year old with a £20 million bid, as he seeks more defensive options – he substituted John Terry for the first time ever as a Chelsea manager yesterday.

Arsenal were also reportedly interested in the German international, but they have seemingly been beaten to the chase.

Rudiger, who is contracted to the Mercedes-Benz Arena club until 2017, has yet to reveal if he wishes to leave Germany this summer.

The former Borussia Dortmund youth player has made 66 appearances for Stuttgart, scoring two goals, as well as making six appearances for the German national side.




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Begovic 7- Kept the team in the game in the first half with some very good saves, wasn’t a great deal he could do with such a porous defence in front of him.

Ivanovic 4- Caught out many times by Sterling on the left.

Terry 5- Was utterly outplayed, along with Cahill, by Aguero and others. Substituted at half-time.

Cahill 5- See above, looked far out of his depth.

Azpilicueta 5- Played badly in the first half and was ready to get forward in the second.

Fabregas 5- Failed to find his range in his passing and didn’t get one free-kick right.

Matic 5- Lost the midfield battle with Toure early on and never recovered.

Ramires 6- Looked bright and perhaps was unlucky to have a goal disallowed.

Willian 6- Worked hard and linked up well with Hazard etc but he was limited.

Hazard 5- Did produce a couple of moments of skill but was often marked out of the game.

Costa 5- Lost his temper when elbowed in the head by Fernandinho and was limited to only a few moments of effectiveness.


Zouma 5- Brought on at half-time and gave cover and speed to the defence but foundered under late pressure.

Cuadrado 5- Brought on in the second half to little effect.

Falcao N/A- Brought on late, barely touched the ball.


Jose Mourinho 5- Was left relatively helpless to stop the rot, even though his change at the break did make a slight difference if only temporarily.


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