Chelsea plan January bid for Bernardo Silva

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Chelsea are planning a £22 million bid to bring AS Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva to Stamford Bridge in January, with the Blues currently languishing in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho's side are desperate to start picking up results and gaining some form to get them back into the top four, as they currently sit ten points behind Manchester City and the Portuguese has been identified as the man to help the west Londoners.

According to Talksport, Both Juventus and current league leaders Manchester City are also interested in the 21-year-old, who scored ten goals in 37 appearances for Monaco last season.

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Silva, whose contract runs until 2020, also featured at this summer's European Under-21 Championships, guiding Portugal to the final where they lost to Sweden on penalties.

Having impressed during this summer's international tournament, Silva would provide creative competition for Chelsea midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, who have failed to find the form they showed last season, as Chelsea comfortably won the title.

As one of the world's hottest prospects, it is expected that Monaco wouldn't let him go for anything less than the £22 million Chelsea are prepared to pay, having invested €15 million into the player who joined from Benfica in January.

Juventus scouted Silva in Monaco's 1-1 draw with Lyon earlier this month according to TalkSport. But now the Bianconeri are considering whether to make a January offer to beat City and Chelsea to his signature.

Silva is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of Portugal legend Deco, who also played for suitors Chelsea, having had a successful four years in Spain with Barcelona.

Mourinho has dropped PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard on numerous occasions this season, meaning Silva would likely be gifted plenty of opportunities to prove his worth in the Premier League.

The Portuguese would unlikely favour a move to City with the level of competition for places potentially hindering the midfielder's progress and would likely struggle to gain a regular starting birth.

Silva started the season for Monaco with the club's first league goal of the campaign as they won away to Nice, and followed his season-opener up with a goal in his side's 3-3 draw away to Guingamp.

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