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FC Porto striker linked with several top European clubs, including Chelsea — report

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Once just a very promising prospect in FC Porto’s youth ranks, striker André Silva has started to blossom in his second season as a member of the club’s first-team. In 38 matches, Silva has 20 goals and 7 assists to his name, quickly becoming Porto's focal point in attack.

His appearances this season have raised the interest of several top European clubs including Chelsea, at least according to Portuguese newspaper Record (via Sport Witness). They claim that Premier League sides Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are also following the youngster, alongside La Liga's Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as Ligue 1's Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain.

As usual, Porto will not be willing to sell one of their prized players on the cheap, especially one with so much apparent interest. Silva’s current contract (through 2021) has a €60 million release clause — though that figure might seem fairly normal in today's lopsided transfer market, it would still be a ludicrous amount to pay for a 21-year-old only ever proven in the rather dubious quality of the Portuguese league. That money would be better spent on Alexis Sánchez and/or one of Romelu Lukaku and Álvaro Morata next summer.

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