TEAMtalk can reveal that Chelsea are taking a keen interest in Watford star Roberto Pereyra.
The Blues hierarchy have already instructed their scouting departments to put together a list of summer targets with a particular focus on possible replacements for Eden Hazard.
Hazard has yet to agree a new deal and is likely to leave next summer, if he has not signed a new deal – given that by that point he will have less than 12 months on his Stamford Bridge contract.
The Belgium playmaker has always spoken of his desire to play for Real Madrid, although with the Bernabeu hotseat currently up for grabs, it’s obviously up in the air whether the new man will fancy Hazard.
Now 27-year-old, Pereyra is being talked about by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy as someone who could come and hit the ground running in the Premier League.
A source close to the situation told TEAMtalk: “Pereyra is performing like he was when he earned a move to Juventus, but now he is doing it in the Premier League – Watford won’t stand in his way, but will require a hefty fee.”
It’s understood that the Argentinian attacking midfielder arrived in August 2016 and was told by the Pozzo family that he could use his move as a stepping stone back to the big time.
He has scored five goals in 11 games this season, on the back of five goals last term and is under contract until 2021.