Chelsea could be set to beat rivals Liverpool to Benfica ace Simao Sabrosa.
Reports emanating from Portugal claim Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Benfica for the winger.
Simao has been a long-term transfer for Liverpool and he was close to moving to Anfield last summer only for Benfica to pull the plug on the deal at the last minute.
Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the former Barcelona man and it has been suggested that they are ready to make a move for Simao.
Benfica are keen to keep their captain, but they know they are likely to have to field further bids for the player when the transfer window reopens.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be a big fan of Simao and sees him as a key addition to his star-studded squad at Stamford Bridge.
Simao has admitted in the past he would be interested in a move to England and Chelsea's financial muscle would mean Benfica would find it hard to resist their overtures.
Should Simao seal a move to West London he could be one of three new signings Mourinho wants for next season.
Chelsea are already in talks with German star Michael Ballack and Mourinho believes he needs three new faces to freshen his squad up this summer with departures expected at Stamford Bridge.
"We change three players," Mourinho told The Times. "Three players who want to play more and are not very happy in the club, or some players I am frustrated with and have nothing to give us.
"I change them for three other players. I would say three players will come in in the summer. It is the natural process.
"We have a good squad, players at a good age, not players finishing their career. [Claude] Makelele is the oldest player  and he looks the youngest one.
"We don't have big needs. The natural tendency is we get a defender, a midfielder and an attacker."