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Chelsea, Liverpool set sights on Porto midfielder — report

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Although Tiemoué Bakayoko appears to be closer than ever to completing his switch from AS Monaco to Chelsea, acquiring just one young midfielder from the market might not be enough to suit the Blues' needs for the summer. According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Chelsea are looking to add Porto midfielder Rúben Neves as well, with Liverpool also interested in the youngster.

Neves had already been on our radar during José Mourinho's second stint at Stamford Bridge, back in September 2015. Since then, the now 20-year-old collected 56 appearances at Porto, though most of them (38) came in the 2015-16 season when he was under the guidance of current Spanish national team manager Julen Lopetegui.

At the time of Chelsea's initial links with Neves, his release clause was reportedly at €40 million. The latest reports do not indicate any change on that figure and given how Porto operate on the market, we can assume that this would be at the very least his initial price on the negotiation table.

However, paying this amount of money for another defensive midfielder after Bakayoko would be the height of silliness. And surely, Chelsea are working towards less silliness in our transfer approach...

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