Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has dropped a clear hint he will join Chelsea after Euro2008.

He said: "For the atmosphere, for the love of Portugal, it will be difficult to leave, but I'm a professional and I have lived everywhere in the world. I am ready to live in a different country.

"I have a contract with the Portuguese Federation and I will fulfil that. Afterwards, we will see what happens."

Chelsea's aggressive policy in their search for a new manager changed last weekend and there is a relaxed air at Stamford Bridge.

Kenyon even went on holiday to Italy for a week after concluding negotiations with the man they believe can outdo Jose Mourinho.