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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. (Guardian)external-link

Fabregas's partner, Daniella Semaan, sold London to Carolina Martin, Pedro's wife, to persuade the Spain international to join the Blues.(Daily Express)external-link

With Pedro's arrival imminent, Chelsea have offered Brazil midfielder Willian, 27, to Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain.(Foot Mercato via Metro)external-link

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.(Daily Express)external-link

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.(Daily Mail)external-link

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Everton agree a £5m fee with River Plate for 24-year-old defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who has one cap for Argentina. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle are taking a gamble on their latest signing, 22-year-old French midfielder Florian Thauvin, according to former Magpies player Robert Lee.(Daily Star)external-link

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.(Daily Mail)external-link

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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.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

United have suffered another blow as Southampton have ruled out selling Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23.(Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid have accepted a £48m offer for France striker Karim Benzema from Arsenal, according to former QPR forward Rodney Marsh. (Talksport)external-link

Wolfsburg will sell Kevin de Bruyne, 24, to Manchester City if the club meet their asking price of £57m for the Belgium midfielder. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham have had a £3.5m bid for Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz, 30, rejected by Galatasaray. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Meanwhile, the Hammers have pulled out of a surprise deal to sign Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, from Tottenham Hotspur.(Telegraph)external-link

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)external-link

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. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

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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. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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. (Guardian)external-link

Swansea manager Garry Monk says new striker Andre Ayew is not "money-motivated" and that his ambitions are "football-orientated". (Wales Online)external-link

Raith Rovers have started talks to bring Serbian striker Marko Vukanovic, 20, to the club.(Daily Record)external-link

Melbourne City have signed 39-year-old Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a two-year deal.(Danish paper BT via The Age)external-link

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And finally

Manchester City's England winger Raheem Sterling has put his Southport home up for sale - complete with an indoor swimming pool and Michael Jackson themed room. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Sunderland have been made the odds-on favourites for relegation - by their own shirt sponsor Dafabet. (Metro)external-link

Women's World Cup winners USA beat Costa Rica 7-2 on Wednesday in an exhibition game that included an 83-minute weather delay. (Chicago Tribune)external-link

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