Chelsea battling to sign Porto star

It’s understood that Chelsea are in a tussle with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Porto’s attacking left-back, Alvaro Pereira, as a replacement for the departed Yuri Zhirkov.

Zhirkov joined Anzhi Makhachkala last week for £13m and new Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, is looking to replace the Russian international swiftly.

Pereira was one of Villas-Boas’ charges during his time at Porto and the Portuguese boss is looking to reunite with Uruguayan international star.

The 25 year-old can play as a left-back or on the left side of midfield, which is justified by his £25m buy-out clause.

The Europa League champions are thought to value the South American at around £15m, a fee which could rise depending on how far big spending rivals PSG are willing to fight.


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