Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signature of Jose Bosingwa, according to reports emerging in Portugal.
The talented Porto full-back has demonstrated in the UEFA Champions League over the past few seasons that he is one of the continent's finest in his position.
And it is such performances that have not gone unnoticed across Europe, with Manchester United thought to have been leading the race to acquire his services.
However, it has now come to light that Chelsea are desperate to add the player to their ranks and have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals.
A fee of €20million (£15.8million) is thought to have been concurred between Porto and Chelsea, with Bosingwa to pen a five-year deal with the West London club.
Portuguese press are reporting that an announcement could be made as early as Monday, with Bosingwa having elected not to make any comment this weekend as to where his future may lie.