Alvaro Pereira‘s transfer to Chelsea was about to be finalized, but Porto refused from the start the offer from London.
However, the main reason of the transfer fell was that Villas-Boas already negotiated with the player before he obtained the club’s permission, a thing which is prohibited by UEFA. The Portuguese president, Pinto da Costa, accused Villas-Boas of a “dirty game”, ensuring Porto’s fans that Pereira has never been a transfer subject to Chelsea.
“If they don’t pay the clause of 30 million euros, they will not grab Pereira.“said Pinto da Costa.
Being cornered after the loss of Pereira, Chelsea must look in another direction. After the first attempt of getting Modric from Tottenham failed, they will try a new approach in the next transfer window. The only thing is that now, they will have some competition as Manchester United seems interested of Modric.
In this battle, they have to raise the stake as the last offer of 45 million made in the last day of the transfer was not enough to bring the Croatian player to Stamford Bridge, Tottenham expecting 50 million.