Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

FC Porto are braced for bids from both Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain for their highly rated full back Alvaro Pereira.

The Uruguayan star is under contract with the Portuguese champions until 2015 and has a buy-out clause of €30M, but Porto do not expect this to stop Liverpool and PSG from making a move.

Reds Director of Football Damien Comolli was impressed with Pereira’s performances at the recent Copa America, which Uruguay won, and is set to sound out Porto over just how much might be required to take the 25-year-old to Anfield.

Liverpool have more recently been linked with Newcastle full back Jose Enrique, but Pereira would represent a more ambitious option.

For PSG meanwhile money is no object and the French club’s Sporting Director Leonardo is thought to be keen to ensure the player ends up at the Parc des Princes.

Porto President Pinto da Costa has been on record as saying that only "mad offers" would be considered for the club’s crown jewels, of which Pereira is one.

However, the Uruguayan could well be attracted to the idea of quitting Porto for a bigger club in a larger league and should the player make that view known to Pinto da Costa, then the Portuguese could well play ball for less than expected.

With former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas also keeping tabs on his former star, there remains the possibility that Chelsea could yet become involved in the chase, though the Blues’ plans for a raid on the Europa League winners are not yet as advanced, though they are picking up pace.

Pereira joined Porto in 2009, making the move from Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

At international level, as well as with Porto, the flying full back has excelled, shining first at last summer’s World Cup in South Africa before playing a starring role in the Copa America.

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