Chelsea handed boost over Barcelona in chase for Alex Telles as Porto star switches agents to Roman Abramovich aide Pini Zahavi
- Chelsea have been given an advantage over Barcelona in the race for Alex Telles
- The left back has hired agent Pini Zahavi who is friends with Roman Abramovich
- The influential Israeli helped the Russian takeover at Stamford Bridge in 2003
- The Blues are considering the Brazilian as a cheaper alternative to Ben Chilwell
Chelsea could be a step closer to signing Alex Telles from Porto as the left back has hired friend of Roman Abramovich, Pini Zahavi, as his agent.
The Blues have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old Brazilian who is also thought to be interesting Barcelona.
But Frank Lampard, who is on the hunt for a new left back, may have been given an advantage over the Catalans with the influence of Telles’ new representative.
Chelsea have been given an advantage in their pursuit of Porto left back Alex Telles
The 27-year-old has hired agent Pini Zahavi who helped Roman Abramovich takeover the Blues
The Israeli football agent helped Roman Abramovich takeover at Chelsea back in 2003 and seen as an ‘influential’ figure in the Premier League, according to Portuguese outlet Record.
And their relationship could persuade Telles to choose Stamford Bridge over the Nou Camp should he be given the option.
Zahavi was also famously involved in Rio Ferdinand’s record transfer from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002.
Porto are thought to want £36million for Telles with the left back out of contract in 2021.
The Brazilian would be a significantly cheaper option Ben Chilwell who the Blues have also been linked with.
Leicester want around £80m for the 23-year-old after receiving a similar price for his England team-mate Harry Maguire last summer.
Telles has demonstrated his attacking strengths for Porto this season with 10 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season.
In comparison, Chilwell has just two goals and four assists but has played 12 games less than the Brazilian.
The Blues are thought to be considering Telles as a cheaper alternative to Ben Chilwell
The Brazilian has scored 10 goals and made nine assists in 40 games for Porto this season
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