Gossip column: Pedro, Muller, Mane, De Bruyne, Benzema – BBC Sport
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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.
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, 27, to Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain.
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.
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.
Everton agree a £5m fee with River Plate for 24-year-old defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who has one cap for Argentina.
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Newcastle are taking a gamble on their latest signing, 22-year-old French midfielder Florian Thauvin, according to former Magpies player Robert Lee.
Manchester City will sign Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, 27, for £32m in the next 24 hours after the Argentina defender passed his medical and agreed personal terms.
Bayern Munich have told Manchester United that German World Cup-winning midfielder Thomas Muller is not for sale, after reports they had made a £60m bid for the 25-year-old.
United have suffered another blow as Southampton have ruled out selling Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23.
Real Madrid have accepted a £48m offer for France striker Karim Benzema from Arsenal, according to former QPR forward Rodney Marsh.
Wolfsburg will sell Kevin de Bruyne, 24, to Manchester City if the club meet their asking price of £57m for the Belgium midfielder.
West Ham have had a £3.5m bid for Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz, 30, rejected by Galatasaray.
(London Evening Standard)
Meanwhile, the Hammers have pulled out of a surprise deal to sign Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, from Tottenham Hotspur.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have said they will not be selling striker Benik Afobe, 22 – despite reports Norwich City have made a “substantial bid” for the English forward.
(Norwich Evening News)
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has warned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a player could die if he tries to stop a doctor going on the pitch.
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West Brom are trying to sign Tottenham’s Argentina defender Federico Fazio, 28, despite rejecting the White Hart Lane club’s opening bid for striker 22-year-old Saido Berahino.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, is expected back at Anfield this weekend after a successful rehabilitation process in the United States following hip surgery and the England international could make his first-team comeback at Manchester United on 12 September.
Swansea manager Garry Monk says new striker Andre Ayew is not “money-motivated” and that his ambitions are “football-orientated”.
Raith Rovers have started talks to bring Serbian striker Marko Vukanovic, 20, to the club.
Melbourne City have signed 39-year-old Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a two-year deal.
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