Chelsea must wait before stepping up Pedro interest

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Barcelona star Pedro will not be able to complete a move away from the Nou Camp until after the club's presidential elections on July 18.

This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that Premier League giants Chelsea will have to wait before swooping for the Spanish international, who could move to Stamford Bridge €30 million in this transfer window. 

Pedro, of course, has failed to hold down a regular place in the Barcelona side over the last couple of years, but is still recognised as one of the leading forward players in La Liga. 


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It's not entirely surprising, then, that Jose Mourinho and Co. are hoping to push through a move for the wide-man, but it appears that any potential move to west London will be blocked until after the elections take place. 

It appears that the temporary board will be unable to sanction any move for the player, as the transfer saga continues to rumble on. 

Begovic completes move 

Chelsea have completed the £8 million signing of Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The shot-stopper has put pent to paper on a four-year deal with the west London outfit, as he goes about competing with Thibaut Courtois for a place between the sticks at Stamford Bridge. 

Begovic, of course, is one of the most established goalkeepers in the Premier League, and will no doubt act as a fine replacement for Petr Cech, who joined Arsenal earlier this summer.

Mourinho blocks John Obi Mikel exit

The BBC, meanwhile, claim that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused the sale of midfielder John Obi Mikel. 

The 28-year-old, who has been on the fringes of the Blues' squad in recent time, has been linked with a move away from west London of late, but it now appears that he could stay on for the upcoming campaign. 

In fact, a source told the BBC: "There's absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter.

"Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club's valuation.

"Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated."

Mikel, then, may well have to fight it out with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Co. once again next season. 

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