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Chelsea have opened transfer talks with Monaco over the possible summer purchase of Bernardo Silva, according to The Times.

Journalist Duncan Castles has broke a host of big stories over the years and believes that the Blues have identified the Portuguese schemer as a possible addition at the end of the current season.

Chelsea have largely stuck with the same starting XI this season and powered their way to the top of the Premier League under Antonio Conte.

The Italian manager resisted the urge to reinforce in the January transfer window but the Stamford Bridge side will surely look to the market this summer as they return to Champions League football next term.

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Monaco have been in blistering form in Ligue 1 and also knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League in their progression to the knockout stages.

Silva has been a key man for the Stade Louis II outfit, scoring six goals and creating five more so far in 2016-17.

The report suggests that Monaco are holding out for a fee of €80 million (£68.4 million) for their attacking talisman.