Chelsea gossip: Pogba deal to be done in January and Rakitic explains Blues interest

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and rumour roundup. Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s treatment of goalkeeper Victor Valdes is unfair, but denied it caused him to reject a move to Old Trafford, the Daily Express reports. Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has revealed the Eagles were poised to sign defensive rising star Michael Hector before Chelsea stepped in. The 23-year-old centre-back has joined the Champions for £4million but is expected to be loaned out immediately. Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has explained why he rejected the…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba, Stones and Marquinhos deals fail to materialise, but £8m pair arrive

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Chelsea failed in their attempts to land Juventus star Paul Pogba, Everton centre-back John Stones, and Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos, according to the Daily Mail. The inability to bring the trio in to Stamford Bridge meant that it was a surprisingly low-key deadline day for the Premier League champions. Two players that did arrive on the final day of the window however, are defenders Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector, BBC Sport report. The pair both joined for £4m, and while the former Nantes…

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Chelsea fail in £134m deadline day double swoop and forced to go ‘on the cheap’

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was forced to settle on spending just £6.75m on new talent on transfer deadline day because he spent the last two weeks of the window chasing two players worth £134m, the Daily Express reports. During the final hours of a busy summer spending period, The Blues brought in Nantes’ Senegal international defender Papy Djilobodji for £2.75m before completing the surprising £4.5m signing of Reading’s Jamaican international centre-back Michael Hector. But having already brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Kenedy, Nathan, Danilo Pantic, Baba…

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Chelsea complete £4m John Stones alternative…but loan him back to Championship outfit

Chelsea have completed the £4m signing of Reading defender Michael Hector, but have loaned him back to the club for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, according to the club’s official website. The 23-year-old has penned a five-year contract with The Blues, but will not link up with the club until next summer. A Jamaican international with six caps to his name, the official website claims that he is a boyhood Chelsea fan and started his career on the books of Millwall before moving to Reading in 2009. And after…

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Chelsea spend £6.7m on moves for defensive duo Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector

Chelsea have reportedly completed the signing of two defenders on transfer deadline day, with Nantes’ Papy Djilobodji and Reading’s Michael Hector both moving to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro. The Blues spent £2.7m on the Senegalese centre-back (via Metro), after he signed a four-year contract with the Premier League champions, BBC Sport report. While the 27-year-old’s move has surprised many given the marquee names that have been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, it is surely the deal for Hector that will stun most football fans. The…

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