Villas-Boas will need to stump up £25.7m for Uruguayan

Andre Villas-Boas will rekindle his interest in Porto wingback Alvaro Pereira in January as Chelsea look to bolster their squad ahead of the second half of the season according to talkSPORT.

Chelsea failed with a last ditch attempt to bring the talented left sided defender to London in the summer, with the Blues and the Portuguese champions failing to agree a deal. Since then Pereira has signed a contract extension up until 2016 which could prove to be stumbling block in any deal.

The versatile defender has a release clause of £25.7million, a figure that Chelsea will have to meet in order to finally get their man, however, they fell way short of that price in the summer and it appears that Porto will not accept anything below it.

The Uruguayan has played for five clubs in seven years, constantly moving to a more established club after impressing at every level, a trend that is set to continue during January.

Chelsea have had to deal with multiple injuries and suspension in the opening four months of the campaign and strength in depth has been an issue that Villas-Boas is looking to solve after Christmas.

Pereira was part of Villas-Boas’ championship winning Porto side that also included much wanted players Hulk, Joao Moutinho and Fernando Belluschi who may also be on the move in January.

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