Thursday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup.
Telephone conversations with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Cesc Fabregas persuaded Barcelona forward Pedro, 28, to snub long-standing interest from Manchester United and move instead to Stamford Bridge, The Guardian reports.
The Daily Express also claims that Fabregas’s partner, Daniella Semaan, sold London to Carolina Martin, Pedro’s wife, to persuade the Spain international to join the Blues.
With Pedro’s arrival imminent, Chelsea have offered Brazil midfielder Willian to Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain, the Metro reports.
The 27-year-old has not impressed for the Blues this season, and now faces increased competition for a place in the team as the club near a deal for Barcelona star Pedro.
Or Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado could be the man to make way for Pedro in the squad, with Italian club Juventus interested in the 27-year-old, according to the Daily Express.
The former Fiorentina man is wanted by Juventus after a disappointing six months in west London.
Chelsea are yet to offer Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic a contract extension, despite the 31-year-old having just a year left on his deal, the Daily Mail reports.
Ivanovic has come under fire for his performances in the opening two Premier League games and with Chelsea signing Baba Rahman and pushing for John Stones, the Serbian’s future at Stamford Bridge has been questioned.
Chelsea could be in the running to sign AS Monaco left-back Layvin Kurzawa this summer, despite just bringing in Abdul Baba Rahman, according to the Metro.
According to sources in France, the Blues want to beat Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to the young defender’s signature.
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