Chelsea board may want Fábregas, but Mourinho sees needs elsewhere

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Last night, news connecting Cesc Fábregas to Chelsea emerged, something that seemed like a good fit, on paper. With time to follow-up, reports out of England have added a new twist to the Barcelona star’s transfer story: Chelsea’s manager may not share the same excitement as his board.

According to The Independent, José Mourinho would like Chelsea to look elsewhere to bolster his third place squad. Those places include: Atlético Madrid, where Koke is being targeted; Juventus, where Paul Pogba is the object of many teams’ desires; and Porto, where central defender Eliaquim Mangala has drawn the Blues’ attention. With young Brazilian Oscar reportedly meeting Mourinho’s need for creativity in midfield, Chelsea may not be among Fábregas’s main suitors.

From The Independent:

Jose Mourinho is not convinced Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, with whom he has had several run-ins in the past, is the right player for Chelsea, with the Stamford Bridge…

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Diego Costa passes Chelsea medical

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Diego Costa
Diego Costa has completed his medical ahead of his £31.8m move from Atlético Madrid to Chelsea. 

Diego Costa has completed a medical examination at Chelsea and he is now poised to complete his £32m transfer from Atlético Madrid. The Brazil-born striker, who is a part of the Spain squad that is currently preparing for the World Cup finals, has been identified by José Mourinho as being what Chelsea need to win the Premier League title.

The London club were four points short of last season’s champions, Manchester City, and their challenge came in spite of the lack of goals from their centre-forwards. Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba contributed a total of 19 in the league, with Eto’o scoring nine of them. Mourinho would bemoan the shortfall at various junctures of his first season back at Chelsea.

He believes that the powerful and ruthless Costa can make the difference next time…

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Chelsea prepare transfer offer for Tottenham midfielder Sandro Raniere

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is pursued by Sandro of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on March 8, 2014 in London, England. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sandro is wanted by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are working on a surprise £12million bid for Tottenham’s Brazilian midfielder Sandro Raniere.

The Blues are on the lookout for another tough-tackling player this summer, to compete with Nemanja Matic, and Sandro has emerged as a key target.

According to reports in Brazil, Chelsea are set to make a £12million take it or leave it offer in a bid to lure the 25-year-old across London.

Spurs are reluctant to sell the player, who is loved by fans and known as ‘the Beast’, but he is interested in seeking a move away.

Sandro is a tough-tackling player (Picture: Getty)

Napoli have already failed with an £8million opening bid while Roma and Monaco are also known to be monitoring his services.

Jose Mourinho has lined up former Chelsea ace Tiago if a deal can’t be struck for Sandro, but the Spurs man remains their…

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‘Goodbye to All That’

Peter Shelton

Joan Didion opens her famous essay on her New York years with this: “It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.” She arrived in the city at age 20, from Sacramento, intending to stay six months and left eight years later. We came to western Colorado in our twenties expecting what? We didn’t know, beyond a new ski area and jobs with a new ski school. Now, 38 years later, I agree with Didion that seeing beginnings is easier than puzzling through endings, their tangles of reasons and meaning.

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