Chelsea identify £70million-rated Ligue 1 star as midfield target

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Chelsea are the latest club to be linked with a summer move for AS Monaco’s Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva, according to the Sunday Times via Sky.

Silva, 22, has been in scintillating form in Ligue 1 this season, helping Monaco launch a serious bid for the title this season.

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According to the report, the majority of Europe’s elite clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, have shown interest in Silva, but the Blues are now in the driving seat to sign him.

Silva will be in England next week as Monaco face Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16, a competition Chelsea are keen to return to having missed out on qualification last season.

But they are well on course to do that by winning the Premier League under Antonio Conte this season. They currently top the table, eight points ahead of City.

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