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Chelsea forward Pedro 'almost' joined Man United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says a 60-second conversation was all that was required to convince Pedro to sign for the Premier League champions.

Mourinho hijacked Man United's move for Pedro. Credit: PA

Mourinho became aware of the availability of the Spain forward on Monday and Chelsea signed him for £21m on Thursday, swooping swiftly for a player Manchester United had pursued for around a month.

The World Cup winner joined Baba Rahman, a left-back signed from Augsburg, in moving to Chelsea in the wake of the 3-0 loss at Manchester City.

Both could make their debuts in Sunday's match at West Brom as Chelsea bid to recover from their worst start to a season in 17 years.

"For me, it was one minute," said Mourinho, before recalling the conversation.

"'Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?' 'Yes, it's true. I love it here. It's my home, but it's time for me to move.' 'Did you sign already for another club?' 'Almost, but not yet.' 'Do you want to come here?' 'Yes, I want.'

"I told people in the club 'it's over to you'. (But) I thought he would never leave Barcelona."


Man United make bid for Southampton winger

Sadio Mane is interesting Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Manchester United have made a bid for Southampton winger Sadio Mane.

Louis van Gaal is looking to add to his attacking options, especially now he has missed out on Barcelona Pedro.

The Senegal international impressed at Southampton last season, scoring ten goals for the club, after joining from Red Bull Salzburg.

Southampton, however, a reportedly claiming to have no received a formal offer for Mane.

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