Chelsea line up £30m Cole replacement - reports

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Chelsea are set to renew their interest in Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira in the January transfer window, according to Talksport.

Andre Villas-Boas was close to bringing the Uruguay international to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but Chelsea officials were unable to finalise a deal before the transfer deadline passed.

At the time, Pereira was seen as a like-for-like replacement for the departing Yuri Zhirkov, who brought an unhappy spell in west London to an end when he joined Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala.

Villas-Boas his will be relying on his connections with Porto to try and pick up where he left off in negotiations with his former club.

With Ashley Cole appearing more vulnerable in recent times, 'AVB' considers his former charge to be the perfect replacement to the seasoned England full back at Chelsea.

Pereira also brings versatility to the fore, as he played in both defence and midfield in the past, most notably in Uruguay’s triumphant Copa America campaign this summer.

The Porto man signed an extension to his contract in the summer, but this doesn’t appear to have put the Chelsea boss off of a second bid.

A bid of around £17million was not enough to secure his services in the summer and, with his contract now running until 2016, it is expected that it will take a bid closer to Porto’s £30million valuation to bring him to the capital in January.

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