Chelsea monitor Porto defender Alex Telles
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The Brazilian left-back is a long-time target for the Blues.

And they have recently sent scouts to monitor him.

According to Portuguese publication O JogoChelsea sent their scouts to keep an eye on left-back Alex Telles during Porto‘s 3-2 victory over Benfica on Sunday. The 27-year-old was on target from the penalty spot in the first half as Porto closed the gap on Benfica to just four points atop the Primeira Liga standings, and Telles’ display reportedly caught the eye of the Blues’ scouts.

Telles has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the past 12 months and it is understood that the Blues are scouting him in detail with a view to a potential transfer in the summer. Lampard was left frustrated after the Blues failed to get deals over the line for any of their rumoured targets in the January window.

However, reports have emerged in the press claiming that the board is planning to appease him with a £150 million budget to allow him to reshape the squad in the summer. A reliable back-up to Tammy Abraham remains a top priority for Chelsea but the Blues will most definitely be in the market for a new left-back in the summer.

Neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson has managed to cement a regular starting role in Lampard’s playing eleven, with the manager often preferring right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta to plug the hole on the left.

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