Chelsea back in for Porto defender Pereira

Chelsea are set to make a new bid for Porto defender Alvaro Pereira after failing to secure his signature during the summer, The Daily Mail reports.

The Blues made a bid of £15 million for the Uruguayan in August, but it was rejected by Porto and ultimately Pereira ended up staying put.

He has since signed a contract extension running until 2016, meaning any offer Andre Villas-Boas’ side now make will have to be significantly increased.

Pereira seemed disappointed that no move materialised over the summer, and was quoted as saying: “They [Porto] said they did not want to sell me and weaken the team.

“As a player I have to respect that decision. I just have to focus on Porto and try to produce a performance. It will not be easy but that is my challenge.”

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