Chelsea are reportedly now interested in Porto winger Pepe Aquino.

According to Record, Pepe is being eyed up by the chain of command at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old has managed to remain on the radar of the Premier League side due to his regular appearances in European competitions in the past few years.

He started all six of Porto’s Champions League group games this season.

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Although the same stage of the previous campaign was not as enjoyable, the Brazilian still managed to get minutes against the likes of Liverpool and AC Milan.

Porto were forced to enter into the Europa League that term, where they challenge Lyon in the round of 16

Sergio Conceicao’s side may have bowed out of the competition after losing 2-1 on aggregate, but their exciting wide-man almost dragged them over the line single handedly.

Pepe picks apart Palmieri

Pepe was superb in the second-leg and scored a sparkling volley to match his overall display.

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Incidentally, his marker on the night on the night was Emerson Palmieri, who at the time was on loan at Lyon from Chelsea.

Emerson was forced to suffer as his direct opponent made life extremely difficult all evening.

According to WhoScored.com, Pepe completed seven dribbles, was fouled twice and managed two shots on target.

Possibly as a way to avoid the same suffering, Emerson joined West Ham United in the summer.

Yet, he might have to face his fears again if Chelsea are serious in their pursuit of Pepe.

Newcastle United have apparently already attempted to bring him to England, but their £30m bid in the summer was rejected.

Porto were asking for £52m instead and may even bump up the price if they know Todd Boehly’s bank account is town.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.