Stamford Bridge set to announce young Portuguese boss as new manager.
Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas looks set to join Chelsea following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in May.
The 33-year-old Villas-Boas guided Porto to the Europa League title last season.
The Portuguese has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Porto should another club offer £13.2m for his services.
In a statement, Porto said they had yet to receive an offer that activated the release clause.
“So far this club has not received any communication that this clause has been exercised, nor of the agreement of the coach that is desired,” the statement read.
However, Porto president Pinto da Costa said the club could not prevent Villas-Boas leaving should certain financial conditions be met.
“Villas-Boas has a contract and a clause of 15m euros,” he confirmed. “If someone deposits 15m euros into our account and he wants to go, we can not do anything because it is something that is contractually specified.” (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. It seems that the allure of a move to the Premier League and the undoubted riches Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will offer in transfer funds may be too much for Andre Villas-Boas to turn down.
Expect a few FC Porto players to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in much the same way as Jose Mourinho took the likes of Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira with him to West London. One wonders where this leaves Guus Hiddink? Will the Dutchman be appointed as Director of Football? Will he end up sticking it out as Turkey national coach?
What do Chelsea supporters think about the likely arrival of the “Next Jose Mourinho”? In case you were not aware, Villas-Boas led FC Porto to a domestic title success in his first season last term and did so without losing a single game and won the Europa League for good measure.