Chelsea’s comparative lack of activity in the transfer market this summer continues to raise eyebrows, especially in view of Manchester United’s seemingly nonstop spending spree and Manchester City’s signing of Raheem Sterling.
Boss Jose Mourinho did, however, hint as much at the end of May when he said: “Other teams are going to improve, invest and not accept Chelsea as champions like this season.”
Pedro confirmed on Tuesday he has ‘received offers’ to leave the club he has played at for the past decade plus his interest to play in the premiership, although denied he has been in talks with Mourinho.
However, his future will not be decided until after the elections take place this weekend and Laporta, who is hoping to return to the role he held between 2003-10, is adamant Pedro will stay with the Catalan Giants.
Even though Barca’s summer signings can’t play until January, the arrival of Arda Turan was reportedly the final straw. The new figure for Pedro’s buyout is supposedly €30m (down from a rather ambitious €150m) and Chelsea are willing to simply pay it to avoid the hassles and delays of negotiations.
SPORT go on to claim that Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fàbregas were both personally involved (via telephone), and we all know what happens when Jose picks up that handset. PSG, Arsenal, and Liverpool were all interested as well, but none of them possess the Mourinho phone-a-friend superpower and thus have fallen by the wayside.