Portuguese giants Benfica claim they are poised to complete the signing of Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves.
The Brazilian striker was widely expected to be on the move this summer following Boro's relegation last term.
Gareth Southgate has regularly admitted as much, but has been holding out for the right deal.
Reports this week had suggested that the 28-year-old could be on his way to Porto, but that proposal has been dashed by the player's agent.
"Joining Porto is impossible," said Roberto Tiburcio.
"But we have received offers. The decision is Middlesbrough's."
Benfica appear to have satisfied Boro's requirements, with a transfer set to be pushed through over the next few days.
The Portuguese club claim an agreement has been reached with the Samba star and they hope to officially unveil him before their opening game of the new season against Maritimo on Sunday.