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Barcelona to rival Chelsea for Porto defender Alex Telles?

Barcelona to rival Chelsea for Alex Telles?
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Barcelona are reportedly ready to rival Chelsea in the race to sign Porto defender Alex Telles during the next transfer window.

Barcelona have reportedly identified Porto defender Alex Telles as a potential target ahead of the next transfer window.

Having enhanced his reputation with the Portuguese giants, the Brazil international is regarded as an attractive option in the market due to just over a year remaining on his contract.

With one of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri expected to leave Chelsea, Frank Lampard is said to be keen on bringing in the left-back as a direct replacement.

However, according to reports in Spain, Barcelona are contemplating whether joining the race for the 27-year-old.

The speculation has emerged despite the Catalan giants having both Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo at their disposal.

Porto are likely to demand in the region of £35m for Telles, who has contributed eight goals and five assists in 23 league games this season.

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· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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