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Chelsea Deny Chasing £25m FC Porto Replacement For Yuri Zhirkov

Stamford Bridge club already have enough options.

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Chelsea are facing a battle with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain over Porto wing back Alvaro Pereira.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring in a replacement for Yuri Zhirkov, who joined Anzhi Makhachkala last week for £13million and wants Uruguay international Pereira.

The 25-year-old was a regular under Villas-Boas at Porto, where he is a firm favourite, but that is reflected in the asking price with the player having a £25million buy-out clause.

Liverpool enquired about Pereira after his impressive displays at the Copa America, but were put off by the £15million asking price.

Chelsea would be willing to do business at that figure but PSG’s interest allows Porto to auction the player to the highest bidder.

Pereira, with more than 30 international caps, has an eye for goal, scoring twice during the Copa America, but is equally adept at playing  left back as he is as a left-sided midfielder.

Source: Daily Mail

Sorry to break the hearts of any Chelsea fans and the editors of the Mail but this rumour will not be coming true.

According to our sources at Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is not interested in signing his former wing-back Alvaro Pereira.

The young manager is happy with his resources at left-back with arguably the best player in the world, Ashley Cole, along with Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt.

Villas-Boas wants to give youth a chance this season and expects the two youngsters to play an important role in the upcoming season.

Yuri Zhirkov was sold to Anzhi Makhachkala because he was unhappy at not playing regular first-team football.

The Chelsea manager was happy to cash in on the 27-year-old in order to finance moves for either Tottenham star Luka Modric or Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.

Money may not be tight in west London, but Villas-Boas has a reputation for not being silly with his employee’s cash and has focused his thoughts on other targets.

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