Mourinho on Pedro to Chelsea rumours.
Jose Mourinho has responded to speculation that he could try to bring Barcelona winger Pedro to Chelsea this summer, saying that he will only target a new wide-player if one leaves, according to Sport.
The Premier League champions could, however, be about to offload Egyptian international Mohamed Salah in this transfer window, with Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport suggesting he could be heading to AS Roma for the 2015/16 season.
On Salah’s future, Mourinho is quoted as saying: “I see his future elsewhere. Either on loan or sold with an offer we are happy to accept. We have five wingers and it is better not to have Salah back.”
He also said, when quizzed about bringing Pedro to Chelsea: “I have five wingers, if I lose one maybe I am interested in another but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers.”
Sport believe this could make way for the Blues to sign Pedro this summer, with the Spanish international’s future up in the air at the moment after a difficult season at the Nou Camp.
With the arrivals of Luis Suarez and Neymar in the last coupe of years, the 27-year-old is no longer a guaranteed starter for the Catalans, and saw significantly reduced playing time in the club’s treble-winning year of 2014/15.
Despite this, Pedro has shown throughout his career that he is a top class player with a good record for providing goals and assists, as well as doing it in the big matches with goals in various El Clasico games as well as in the 2011 Champions League final victory over Manchester United.
Pedro has also been part of Spain’s success at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships, adding to his amazing trophy haul at club level.