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Arsenal target hopes to sign for Chelsea this week: £20m bid on the table

Stamford Bridge side chase Barcelona attacker.

Chelsea have launched a £20 million bid for Barcelona attacker Pedro, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 27-year-old has found his first team chances at the Nou Camp limited in recent seasons with the signings of South American pair Neymar and Luis Suarez leading to the Spanish international’s fall down the club’s pecking order.

The Daily Mirror claim that the Barcelona man wants to sign for the Stamford Bridge side with both Arsenal and Liverpool also known to be keen on the Tenerife-born forward.

Pedro has spent eight seasons in the Barcelona first team set-up and has at times been a regular, although this hasn’t been the case under boss Luis Enrique.

Enrique’s Catalan side romped to a magnificent treble in 2014/15, with his mouthwatering attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar causing defences massive headaches across Europe, leaving Pedro to bide his time on the bench.

Pedro has won a host of honours during his time at Barcelona, including five La Liga triumphs and three Champions League winner’s medals, and he could offer Jose Mourinho real quality in the final third.

The livewire attacker could provide a real improvement on Willian, the Brazilian being Mourinho’s first-choice starter on the right-wing last term, with Pedro being far more effective in front of goal.

Pedro has scored 98 goals for Barcelona and was also part of the Spanish national team set-up that won both the European Championship in 2012 and the World Cup in 2010.

Chelsea eased to a Premier League title triumph last term but this hasn’t stopped the West London side from conducting a fair bit of summer transfer business.

The Blues sold keeper Petr Cech to Arsenal [via Sky Sports] and the Daily Mirror claim Jose Mourinho is close to signing Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic as a replacement for the Czech Republic international [International Business Times].

Mourinho has sought to beef up his attack with the loan capture of Radamel Falcao, although the move to sign the Colombian is perhaps hard to fathom due to the South American’s poor spell at Man United last season, during which the 29-year-old scored just four goals.

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