Porto to hold Pereira talks
Agent to meet with team officials as transfer speculation rages
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: August 8, 2012 2:25pm
Alvaro Pereira: Reports suggest flying full-back could be on his way to Chelsea
Alvaro Pereira's agent is to hold 'important' talks with Porto as mounting speculation suggests the defender is on his way to Chelsea.
The Uruguay international has been a target for the Blues for some time, with the Premier League outfit first making their interest known last summer.
The presence of former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge helped to fuel an endless round of rumours, but the London-based outfit remain keen despite a change in the dugout.
Roberto Di Matteo is a fan of Pereira and believes he could be a useful addition to his ranks.
The 26-year-old is very much a modern day full-back and is as comfortable bombing forward as he is defending his own goal.
Porto are fully aware of the reports linking their South American star with a move to England and are due to discuss the matter with Pereira's representative in the coming days.
"We are due to hold an important meeting with Porto, but I do not want to speculate on what the outcome will be," Alejandro Savich told Maisfutebol.
Reports in Portugal suggest Pereira could leave on an initial loan deal, with the view to a permanent agreement being struck next summer.