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Chelsea face PSG battle for Porto fullback Alvaro Pereira

Chelsea face a battle to land Porto fullback Alvaro Pereira.

The Daily Mail says Chelsea are facing a battle with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain over 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.

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