Andre Villas-Boas has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, it has been revealed. The London Evening Standard says reports in Portugal this morning claimed Villas-Boas will agree a deal worth £4.4m a year with Turkey boss Guus Hiddink returning to Stamford Bridge as director of football.
Villas-Boas has attracted interest from a number of top clubs across Europe after leading Porto to a Treble last season, comprising domestic league and cup success before beating Braga in last month's Europa League Final.
The victory at Dublin's Aviva Stadium is now set to be his last game with the club. Inter Milan were thought to be keen on signing the Portuguese but baulked at the asking price.
However, Chelsea are looking to rebuild after a disappointing season and Roman Abramovich is thought to have indicated a willingness to bankroll the appointment in what would be a strong statement of intent.
Sources in Portugal claim Villas-Boas is preparing himself to join Chelsea but Porto will fight to keep hold of their talented manager by underlining the chance he has to emulate Jose Mourinho's achievements at the Estadio do Dragao by taking the club into the Champions League.
But the Blues feel they are winning the race and Villas-Boas's probable appointment will draw their own comparisons with Mourinho, who joined Chelsea in 2004 from the Portuguese club before delivering the most sustained period of success in the club's history.