Estádio do Dragão boss is heading back to Stamford Bridge.
FC Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas is on the verge of becoming the new Chelsea boss after the Blues activated his £13million release clause.
The West London club owner Roman Abramovich wants the 33-year-old to return to the club he helped coach to the Premier League title.
The Russian billionaire is lining up a managerial dream team of Villa-Boas and Dutchman Guss Hiddink as the director of football.
Villas-Boas was part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff when the ‘Special One’ came to the club, from Porto, in 2004.
He was responsible for putting together the detailed technical reports on every opponent that was the hallmark of Mourinho’s Chelsea reign.
Villas-Boas became Porto manager last summer and won the Portuguese title by a record margin after going through the campaign undefeated and recording 36 matches without defeat in all competitions, and winning the Europa League Final in Dublin.
Abramovich is ready to bankroll a huge summer spending spree and it seems he is ready to find the next version of the manager who brought Chelsea their greatest-ever successes.
Porto president, Pinto da Costa, had previously insisted his manager was going nowhere but changed his tune over the weekend.
“Villas-Boas has a contract and a release clause of €15million (£13million),” Pinto said.
“If someone deposit that in our account and he wants to go, we can do nothing because it is something that is contractually specified.
“If it does not happen then he will not be going anywhere and we will not do anything to make any negotiations easy.
“Nothing happens unless someone pays the money and he wants to go.”