Chelsea set to land £16m Boswinga
Chelsea may have lost the title to Manchester United but they may have pipped their rivals to the signing of Portugal international Jose Bosingwa.
The Blues have agreed a fee for the transfer of the Porto right-back or winger, who is now in England undergoing a medical. He has yet to agree personal terms.
The player is the first part of Avram Grant's rebuilding plans as Chelsea look strengthen their squad ahead of next season.
Chelsea issued a statement confirming the deal on their official website, www.chelseafc.com.
It read: "Chelsea can confirm it has reached agreement with FC Porto for the transfer of Jose Bosingwa. The player is now in England to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical."
The player is likely to sign a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea will pay around £16million for his services.
His arrival will place more speculation on the future of Julian Belletti. He has been ignored in recent weeks with Michael Essien playing at right-back.
Chelsea's other right-back, Portuguese international Paulo Ferreira, signed a five-year deal earlier this season and is unlikely to move on.
United have long been in the hunt for a right-back and assistant coach Carlos Queiroz confirmed their interest in the player earlier in the season.
United saw him as a successor to Gary Neville but Chelsea have moved swiftly to snap-up the attack-minded defender.
Bosingwa is set to play for Portugal in the Euro 2008, but was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He moved to Seia in central Portugal when he was young and began his career mainly playing in midfield for Boavista, where he made more than 40 appearances.
Bosingwa joined FC Porto in 2003, where he played under former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho and has been first-choice right-back for the last three seasons.
Three years ago, Bosingwa was involved in a serious car accident when his jeep skidded off a motorway and rolled down an embankment before bursting into flames.
He was with four other players at the time, but all survived. However, Sandro Luis had to have his left foot amputated as a result of the accident.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea players allowed 20 minutes to celebrate, says Jose Mourinho after Capital One Cup victory
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Liverpool vs Manchester City match report: Stunners from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson sink Manuel Pellegrini's side
Arsenal 2 Everton 0 player ratings: Who scored highest at the Emirates?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'