Chelsea eye Pepe move
Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00
REPORTS in Spain claim Real Madrid defender Pepe is on Andre Villas-Boas' shopping list.
The Chelsea boss is being linked with plenty of new talent in his first week at the club with a centre-half thought to be high up his list, and Madrid daily 'Marca' is reporting that the Portuguese centre-half is on his radar.
Pepe has been at the Bernabeu since 2007 and has featured regularly for the club since his arrival. Chelsea are said to be preparing a lucrative €5m-per-season deal to make the move.
Gary Cahill and Inter Milan's Lucio are also being linked with a move to Stamford bridge, while Anderlecht have indicated that the Blues are still interested in their wonderkid Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian club's director of football Herman van Holsbeeck has denied reports that Villas-Boas is not as keen on the striker -- who has been likened to Didier Drogba -- as his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.
But he says that Roman Abramovich will need to loosen his purse strings considerably in order to land the striker.
"People say the new Chelsea manager doesn't want Lukaku -- but they have different information to me," Van Holsbeeck said. "But we will only sell him if it is good for both ourselves and the player. We are asking serious money for him."