Chelsea latest: Mou on €64.5m star, says City & Arsenal underperforming, Pellegrini hits back

All the latest news and views including transfer stories and mind games with Premier League's other title challengers; Arsenal and Manchester City.

The representatives of Paris Saint Germain star striker Edinson Cavani, international strike partner of Liverpool's Luis Suarez with Uruguay, were reported to be in London this week arranging talks with potential suitors believed to be Manchester United and Chelsea, however, Jose Mourinho has attempted to quell the speculation: 'No. In this moment we are trying to sign nobody. I have no idea,' he is quoted to have said by Express.

Having transferred to PSG from Napoli for €64.5m last summer, Cavani has already returned a goal or an assist every 93 minutes he is on a Ligue 1 pitch thus far this season, yet is allegedly disillusioned with life in the French division.

Heading out of the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer could be Ashley Cole, who had recently been linked with a return to Arsenal but is perhaps more likely destined for the MLS, with Mourinho claiming that Gunners legend Thierry Henry could have swayed him to join the New York Red Bull.

'[Cole] has [a future at Chelsea], but maybe Thierry has a better proposal,' said the Portuguese to Sky Sports. 'Maybe Thierry is doing with Red Bulls the same as David [Beckham] is doing in Miami. Maybe he's buying Red Bulls! I have to ask Thierry Henry [what's happening with Cole].'

Mourinho also offered more when it came to the title race, the favourites tag and the underdog status and spoke of how attitudes are changing following the club's triumph over Manchester City on Monday evening.

'Just because we won against Man City, now people are changing their opinion but I know where we are, I know that we are good and working well and playing well, but we are going step by step,' he is quoted to have said by ESPN.

The mind games are well and truly underway and Jose also made a statement on how Chelsea should not be this close to the conversation regarding a champion, as Arsenal and City should have created distance already.

'We are there because we are doing very well or because maybe Man City and Arsenal are not doing as well as they should with the conditions they have.'

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has already snapped, buckling under the mental prodding of Mourinho who agreed with the media assertion that the league was a three horse race under the proviso that the Chelsea horse was a tiny one.

'Maybe it is a small horse if the manager thinks like that,' commented Pellegrini. 'It can be a little horse but very rich. This is the team that spends most money in the last 10 years, it is the team that spends most money this year and the team that spends the most money in the transfer window so [it is] rich.

'I think he is favourite but he thinks if he wins he will have the merits but if he loses he does not have responsibility,' he finished.

Concluded Mourinho: 'Everything I say is mind games. Everything I do is mind games. Everything is mind games. The only thing that is not mind games is the results. That's not mind games.'

And finally, David Luiz made the bizarre revelation that he loves Legoland: 'I like Legoland very much,' he said to the Mirror. 'I went with a good friend of mine. It was incredible. I cannot remember very well the names of the things there, but it was beautiful. Other parents with kids must visit it.'

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