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Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing up a move for Real Madrid defender Pepe as the first brick in his Stamford Bridge revolution.

The Portuguese centre-half is agitating for a move if Real do not match his contract demands, which has opened up the possibility of a switch to play under his fellow-countryman.

It will pave the way for plenty of activity in the next few weeks as the new boss begins to ­exercise extraordinary power given to him by club owner Roman Abramovich.

The new Chelsea boss has been given a free hand to do what he wants with the squad he was left by Carlo Ancelotti, with Abramovich effectively conceding he is not the right man to make football decisions.

The majority of players will arrive back at the club’s Cobham training headquarters tomorrow, where Villas-Boas has already begun the process of sifting through what he has at his disposal before deciding what changes need to be made.

One of those could be at the back, where Brazilian defender Alex would be a likely casualty if the Pepe move happens.

Pepe had agreed a new four-year deal worth £3.6m per season to stay at Real, where he has been a mainstay for four years.

That deal was not signed however, and while suggestions from Spain that Chelsea are willing to pay the 28-year-old former Porto man £90,000 per week may be no more than leverage, Alex does appear potentially vulnerable.

Villas-Boas is also monitoring events at Benfica, where left-back Fabio Coentrao, who is on his list of potential signings, was left behind in Lisbon yesterday when the squad travelled to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.

He is also keen to bring striker Radamel Falcao and schemer Joao Moutinho with him from Porto, although the latter’s ridiculous £36m release clause will be a step too far even for Abramovich.

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