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The girlfriend of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has emerged as one of the key factors in Pedro’s move to Stamford Bridge, which was confirmed today.

The Spanish winger finalised his £21 million deal from Barcelona today after completing a medical yesterday.

But, it has been reported that, as well as phone calls from Fabregas and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, phone calls made by Fabregas’ girlfriend, Daniella Semaan, helped sway Pedro over a move to London.

Semaan exchanged a series of calls with Pedro’s wife, Carolina Martin, about the pros and cons of the capital city, thus giving a helping hand to Chelsea’s transfer negotiations.

Fabregas and Pedro remained good friends after Fabregas moved back to England following a spell at Barca.

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De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Ex Chelsea talent Kevin De Bruyne is very close to join Manchester City.

The Belgian player is set to sign for the Citizens in the next hours and he will return to Premier League for a monster fee: in fact, Pellegrini’s side are ready to pay £50m to add him to their first team squad.

De Bruyne joined Chelsea in 2012 and after two loan spells to Genk and Werder Bremen joined back his parental club in summer 2013 just after José Mourinho‘s return to the Blues.

He started well but then had some problems handling the pressure and didn’t feel comfortable not being a regular starter, like Mourinho revealed about one month ago during an interview, so he was sold in January 2014 to Wolfsburg for around £18m.

He made an impact last season in the German side with 13 goals and 22 assists in 51 appearances and was one of the hot names in this transfer window for the European top clubs.

Now he will have the chance to impress in the Premier League again, making Chelsea regret to let him go too soon.

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Thee persuasive phone calls made Chelsea hijack move to Manchester United to sign Spanish winger Pedro possible.

The ex Barça player was almost a Manchester United player on Monday night but thanks to these long telephones’ chat that the Blues had him change his mind and choose the London club.

The first one was Chelsea boss José Mourinho, that is used to speak to players by phone to convince them to join his clubs, explaining him how he would fit into his team.

Then Pedro received a call from his old friend and team-mate Cesc Fabregas and while the midfielder was working on him explaining how good is to play for Chelsea, Fabregas’ partner Daniella Semaan was working on Pedro’s wife Carolina Martin, explaining her how cool is the London lifestyle.

By the end of these three phone calls most of the job was done, with Manchester United still convinced to sign the player after they agreed personal terms with him: the final step was to reach an agreement with Barcelona about the payment, but Red Devils CEO Ed Woodward – who travelled to Spain earlier this week to try to close the deal- didn’t know that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was working in the background at the same time to agree terms with Barça board.

So, just 24 hours after Woodward’s trip to Catalunya, Pedro was already a Chelsea player instead of a United one like everyone was thinking.

A proper hijack that galvanised all Chelsea fans.


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Chelsea new signing, Abdul Baba Rahman has revealed, that he can’t wait to work with Jose Mourinho. The left-back hopes for West Brom debut on Sunday.

Rahman who joined Chelsea from Bundesliga side Augsburg, has trained with the Blues yesterday at Cobham.  The young player is convinced, that he is ready to make his Chelsea debut against West Brom.

The Ghana international  also stated, that he can’t wait to work with Jose Mourinho, because he has seen the Special One various times on TV and besides being a great coach, he seems to be a very funny person.

Rahman told the Evening Standard:

“I am ready to play and to fight for the club, to give my best. I think competition for places is very important because without it the club wouldn’t go further. ”

“It’s a big challenge for me and I’m going to fight hard to win trophies with this club and to achieve its aim.”

“I’m looking forward to playing in the squad. Football is not a one-man show, we have to play together.”

“He (Mourinho) is one of the best coaches in the world and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

“I think he can be funny sometimes, that’s what I have seen on TV, but he is a hard working coach and tactical.”

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Chelsea’s attempts to sign Alex Telles could be hindered by Real Madrid after reports saying the La Liga giants will make a bid for the Galatasaray defender. 

Chelsea recently announced the signing of full-back Baba Rahman from Augsberg, but they remain interested in strengthening their back line further by buying another player in the same position.

They have recently had a £5 million bid rejected by the Turkish club, and if any further attempts are made then it will be in competition with ten-time European Champions Real Madrid.

Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has made buying the defender a priority before the transfer window shuts, and wants Telles to be understudy to Marcelo.

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Pedro rejected Manchester United in favour of Chelsea after advice from Cesc Fabregas and Victor Valdes, according to reports.

Pedro, who appears certain to join the Blues after turning down a move to Old Trafford, is in London to have a medical.

It now appears that he turned down a move to Manchester United after being advised by Valdes, currently at Manchester United and not getting a game, and has chosen Chelsea after a similar conversation with Fabregas, who played such an important role in the Blues’ title victory last season.

Pedro’s imminent arrival will be a huge relief to Chelsea supporters who watched their team humbled by Manchester City on Sunday.


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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has dismissed claims that Chelsea are in crisis, and claims the Champions will recover from their poor start to the season. 

Chelsea have just one point to their name after a draw against Swansea on the opening day and a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. The bad start have prompted some to say that the club is in crisis, and that they stand little chance of chance of retaining their Premiership crown.

That view is not shared by Chris Sutton, who played for Chelsea between 1999-2000, a season in which he scored just three goals for the Blues.

Speaking to talkSport, Suttin said that Jose Mourinho was still the right man to lead Chelsea, that John Terry was far from over as a Chelsea player, and that his old club would get back ontrack. :

“I don’t think many people are in a position to question Mourinho and his decisions.

“Obviously things don’t seem to be going very well. They started their pre-season late, but in the end it’s about results and Chelsea have had a disappointing start to the season.

“I don’t think that Mourinho has taken his eye off the ball in any way.They were beaten by a better Manchester City side at the weekend but I don’t think it’s a crisis.

“It wasn’t working at the weekend, Mourinho made a change, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean John Terry is finished by any means. It’s all much ado about nothing.

“This is the top, top level. It’s no big deal though as far as I can see. John Terry will come back and play regularly.” 



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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.



Chelsea manager Antonio Conte provided an update regarding the team which will face Burnley tomorrow night at Turf Moor. The Italian told journalists: "Tomorrow you will see my decision....