With Liverpool having signed Jose Enrique from Newcastle, their interest in Pereira seems to have cooled, giving Andre Villas-Boas the perfect opportunity to reunite himself with his former charge. Having let Yuri Zhirkov leave earlier in the summer, and Ashley Cole not getting any younger, Villas-Boas is keen to add to his options on the left flank.
Having coached Pereira previously at Porto, Villas-Boas will know exactly what he has to offer Chelsea, and will be confident that he can fit seemlessly into the current system employed by the Blues. Used predominantly as an attacking wing back, with a similar style to left back incumbent Cole, the 25-year old may find himself as the long term replacement for the ageing Cole.
Whilst Pereira will not be available on the cheap, it seems as if Roman Abramovich is willing to back his new coach in the market, especially in acquiring younger players to alleaviate a squad containing many key players over the age of 30. The Record is reporting that Chelsea have prepared a bid of €18M plus an unnamed player for the Uruguayan international, but it remains to be seen whether Porto will hold out for the release clause in Pereira’s contract, believed to be around €30M.
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