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The Sun reports that Manchester United joins the race for Chelsea target Pedro.

Red Devils manager Louis Van Gaal seems very keen on the Spanish striker that was linked to the Blues and Liverpool in the past weeks.

Chelsea need to revamp their squad, having bought just striker Radamel Falcao and second goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, to replace Didier Drogba e Petr Cech.

With Loic Remy probably on his way to Crystal Palace, José Mourinho needs another forward to complete his attack but Manchester United seem ready to pay Pedro’s £22m buy-out clause to secure him for the next seasons.

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Sky Bet reveals that Crystal Palace are 5/6 favourites to sign both Patrick Bamford and Loic Remy.

Bamford was one of the sensations of last Championship season: he made an impact while on loan to Middlesbrough, leading them to the Playoff Final that Boro eventually lost with Norwich.

The Chelsea youngster would be signed on loan.

Remy is actually very respected by Chelsea manager José Mourinho for the contribution he gave in the last season to win the Premier League and the Capital One Cup, but Palace manager Alan Pardew already coached him at Newcastle and would like to sign him for the Southern London side, but it will be difficult that Mourinho would let him go.


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ESPN sources reveals that MLS club Chicago Fire join the race for legendary Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba.

According to the latest news, Didier Drogba was offered 18 months contract worth $2.5 million per season.

While Daily Mail claims that besides the MLS club, there is also an “unknown Qatari club” keen on signing former Chelsea striker.

The Ivorian was about to join Chicago Fire in 2012 but instead he opted to play for Shanghai Shenua.

At the beggining of the week Daily Mail informed that Drogba may follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard and joins New York City FC.

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Dybala already scored 13 goals with Palermo the last season

Argentinian next star Paulo Dybala is a new Juventus player but his agent, Gustavo Mascardi, admitted the striker received an offer from Chelsea, that placed a £28.8m bid for him.

His former club, Palermo, and the player rejected the offer, so Dybala ended up signing for Juventus, that he admitted was always his first option.

The Bianconeri paid £ 33m for him, that explained his decision with these words:

“The day I heard Juventus were interested in me my mind was made up.

I said straight away that I wanted to join this club for lots of reasons. One is that I like to win in everything that I do. And I think Juventus are the perfect team to be at if you want to win things.

“It’s an amazing thing being here with the No21 shirt I dreamed of wearing for so long. The shirt number is my age and it’s also a shirt that has been worn by great players such as Zidane and Andrea Pirlo.

“They’re players who have made history and I’d like to follow in their footsteps.

“Playing for a great club like Juventus represents an important step for me.

The first team competition here means you can never ease off, which is a motivation and keeps you on your toes.

“It’s the perfect club to start winning things in my career. I’ve been here a couple of days and it’s a big change for me. I hope I’m able to develop into a top player here.

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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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According to Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias, FC Porto are in talks to sign legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

The Portuguese team have recently sold Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid that is why they are urgently looking a replacement for the Colombian.

The 37-year-old striker has admitted some time ago that he is definitely not thinking about retiring but he is looking to sign for a team which will provide him playing in the first team. And FC Porto can definitely meet this condition.

What is more FC Porto have qualified for the next edition of the Champions League, and this may tempt Didier Drogba.

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Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba has rated Frank Lampard as the best player he’s ever played with.

Didier Drogba took part in Rio Ferdinand’s program ,, Rio Meets Didier Drogba”, where former Manchester United player was asking the Ivorian about his experience at Chelsea and future plans.
Former Chelsea striker was asked who was the best player he’d played with and Drogba did not hesitate a moment with the answer.

”For me I respect and I think Frank Lampard because he is a hard-worker.”

”He didn’t get like this, you have to work hard and you know he’s clever and for me a football player isn’t the one that keeps the ball best – it’s the one who’s smart.”

‘He is efficient and for me I improved being next to him because every day after training, me and him in front of the goal working on our finishing, how do I want the ball? Do I want to receive the ball or not? And he’s in most of my goals.’

The 37-year-old striker was asked about his future plans according to various rumours about his departure to the United States.

‘As a player I achieved a lot, more than what I expected when I decided to make football my profession. As a man I just want to be accomplished. I want to focus on my foundation, save lives. This is something really important to me, so this is the next challenge.’

‘I don’t want to be arrogant but I don’t feel I have anything left to prove,’ 
‘I have a lot to give and some experience to share with the young players.

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Mario Götze is not living the best situation in this moment at Bayern Munich.

The man who gave the World Champions title to Germany with his goal in the final against Argentina last year is now often relegated to the bench by his manager Pep Guardiola.

Not a good thing for such a wonderful talent that is just 23 and that despite not a big playing time scored 15 goals and provided 7 assists in the past season.

Speculations were made in the past days about him leaving the German champions to play in Premier League, where he was linked to Chelsea and Manchester United.

His agent Volker Struth sparked off the speculation claiming his player needs more support and attention:

Of course I would have liked if Mario had felt more support in one or two situations,he said.

I am fully convinced that when Mario feels this support, it is easier for him to show his incredible potential. Then he is one of the best players in the world.”

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Morgan Schneiderlin

Former France head coach Raymond Domenech spoke about Southampton talent Morgan Schneiderlin who is set to join Manchester United in this transfer window.

According to Domenech, a move to Chelsea would have been better for his career:

“For him, [United] is a good move: if he wants to be with the French national team, then he has to be in this Champions League – but if he stays at Southampton, no luck.”

United are better than Southampton, sure, but it’s not [Manchester] City, it’s not Chelsea. For him, the first thing is to leave Southampton.

“After, if he gets a team just behind the three big teams, it’s good.

“Maybe after, he’ll come through. He is good enough for the Champions League.

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Arda Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut hints an arrival of his player to the Premier League, where Chelsea and Manchester United are challenging to sign him:

He intends to leave Spain this summer. It is his will to go out to play in the Premiership, that is where he would like to continue his career at this time,” Bulut said to the Spanish paper AS.

Meanwhile,  Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu sparked off speculation that Turan could be joining the La Liga champions over the transfer window.

“He’s [Arda Turan] a good player, with great quality and perfectly matches what Luis Enrique is wanting this coming season, which is why I, as a pre-candidate, urge the interim committee to take the necessary steps to sign the player. When all parties are in agreement, and above all the manager, that the player is the one we need, the thing to do is to bring him in under the best conditions possible,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

Also Barcelona player Andres Iniesta was quoted by Marca, stating about Turan: ““A really great player, sensationally talented. If he ends up coming, he’ll be welcome. He’ll add to the squad. It’s always important to improve the team”.

Barcelona got a FIFA market ban for the whole 2015, that means that Arda Turan or any other player “signed” in this session will be able to play only from January 2016.

A reason why Chelsea and Manchester  United got an advantage over them in the race to the Turkish star. Who will win?


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