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Scolari: Chelsea need Mineiro

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed they're signing released Brazilian midfielder Mineiro.

Mineiro is expected to be announced as a Chelsea player within 24 hours after agreeing terms to sign as a free agent following a spell with Hertha Berlin. Scolari made a move for the Brazil midfielder as he also has Michael Essien sidelined.

"Mineiro is a player I need because I lost Essien for six months and only John Mikel Obi is there for us," said Scolari. "He won't play this week but maybe after 10 days he will play.

"He needs to play in the reserve team and needs some time but that is good for me because he gives me some options.

"We would miss Deco, it would not be good news. But it's hard to say at the moment (how bad the injury is)."

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