Andre Villas-Boas set for Chelsea as Blues ‘agree fee’
Porto boss will be named Carlo Ancelotti's successor after Chelsea agree to pay £13.2m release fee - reports
Chelsea will name Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager after the Blues agreed to pay the release clause for the Porto boss, according to reports in Portugal.
Carlo Ancelotti was axed at the end of last season following a trophyless campaign, and reports suggest Blues owner Roman Abramovic has chosen Villas-Boas to be the Italian’s successor.
Chelsea have already agreed to pay Villas-Boas €5m (£4.4m) a season, the same salary Jose Mourinho earned at Stamford Bridge, according to Jornal de NotÃƒÂcias.
The 33-year-old, who led Porto to three trophies in his first season in full management last term, has a £13.2m clause in his contract which allows him to switch clubs if it is met.
And Porto president Pinta da Costa admitted the club would be powerless to stop him from leaving should certain financial conditions be met.
He said: “Villas-Boas has a contract and a clause of €15m. If someone deposits €15m into our account and he wants to go, we can not do anything because it is something that is contractually specified.”
But Porto reacted to Monday’s reports by insisting that no deal has been reached. A statement read: “To date, we have not received any communication that this clause will be exercised, nor of the agreement of the coach that is desired.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea refused to comment on any specific candidate. A club spokesman said: “We hope to be able to make an announcement regarding the new manager in the next few days or so, but until then we will not be commenting further on the speculation surrounding that appointment.”
Villas-Boas, who has also been linked with a move to Internazionale, previously worked under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and the San Siro before opting to take the reigns at Porto last season.
The highly-rated Porto boss had insisted he wanted to stay on as manager of his hometown club after leading his side to Europa League glory last month.
“I am very happy at Porto,” said Villas-Boas. “It’s the city where I grew up. It’s my home club and I don’t see it easy to leave it.”