Joan Laporta will block Chelsea move for Pedro if elected as Barcelona president: Round-up

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Chelsea have confirmed that Radamel Falcao will wear the number nine shirt next season.

The Colombian arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan earlier this month, and will wear the shirt previously worn by Fernando Torres.

Falcao spent last season on loan with Manchester United but failed to shine, managing just four Premier League goals before being returned to Monaco. Others to have worn the number nine shirt at Stamford Bridge before Torres include Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mateja Kezman, Hernán Crespo, Steve Sidwell and Franco Di Santo.


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Chelsea have also confirmed that latest signing Asmir Begovic will wear the number one shirt vacated by Petr Cech who is now an Arsenal player, with Thibaut Courtois opting to keep the number 13 for himself.

Prospective Barcelona president will block Pedro transfer to Chelsea

Chelsea’s move to sign Pedro from Barcelona will fail - if Joan Laporte becomes the Catalan club’s next president.

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Laporta has pledged to keep the winger according to former defender Eric Abidal, who will become his sporting director, as part of his campaign to be elected.

Pedro recently signed a new contract at the Nou Camp but that hasn't stopped him being linked with a move away in recent weeks, with Chelsea said to be at the front of the queue. Reports in Spain say that the Blues will activate the new €30 million release clause in his new contract - which was brought down from €150 million in his previous deal - and the player has confirmed that Barcelona have received offers for his services.

However Laporta will insist Pedro has a future at Barcelona, and he will move to block Chelsea if he is elected. 

"Players such as Pedro cannot be allowed to go," Abidal told news agency EFE. "I know him as a player but also as a person. He is a player who fits into the first team very well. When we won everything in 2009, the most important goals were his.

"The work was of the whole team, but sometimes you have to go into the finer details and Pedro is a player who always gives these details. Pedro is still an important part of this squad, but everyone knows that the player always wants to play and before he had more minutes than now.

"If Laporta wins, we will look at his future from July 19."

Juventus want to complete Cuadrado deal this week

Juventus are aiming to tie up a deal for Chelsea ace Juan Cuadrado by Friday, although Chelsea are still holding out for €34million.

Despite the fact the Colombia international joined Jose Mourinho’s setup for €30m in January, it’s believed he could well be on the market this summer after failing to settle well. Italian newspaper TuttoSport claim today that Massimo Allegri is doing his best to conclude transfer deals before the end of this week.

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