Chelsea set to make fresh bid for Alvaro Pereira

Chelsea set to make fresh bid for Porto defender Pereira

Chelsea are to make a renewed bid forPorto defender Alvaro Pereira in January but face strong competition from Juventus for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Andre Villas-Boas missed out on Uruguay left back Pereira, 26, in the summer as Porto demanded 25m.

Target: Porto

Target: Porto”s Alvaro Pereira (left)

Former Porto coach Villas-Boas said: “In August we were close to securing Alvaro Pereira and we didn”t succeed.

“It”s normal that Chelsea should be linked to Porto but turning it into reality is another thing.”

Juventus are pressing ahead in their 26m bid for Higuain, 24, but Chelsea could offer players as well as cash with Didier Drogba still admired by Real boss Jose Mourinho.