Monday, 15th August, 2011

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has turned his attention to FC Porto defensive midfielder Fernando as he bids to bolster his side’s engine room.

Villas-Boas suffered a big blow before a ball of the new Premier League season was even kicked as Chelsea lost midfield enforcer Michael Essien to injury.

And following yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Stoke City, the Blues boss is even more convinced that a replacement is needed.

Brazilian Fernando is a player Villas-Boas knows well from his spell as Porto coach and the 24-year-old would undoubtedly jump at the opportunity of heading to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea would need to splash out around €13M to secure Fernando, an amount that is well within the scope of the funds which have been placed at Villas-Boas’ disposal.

However, the Blues may need to move quickly for the Brazilian, with Serie A side Roma holding a serious interest and ready to take the midfielder to the Italian capital.

Porto on their part do not want to lose Fernando, but keeping holds of the likes of Alvaro Pereira, Hulk and Falcao is a greater priority.

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