Chelsea linked with PSV deal

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Chelsea are believed to have agreed the summer transfer of Portuguese defender Manuel da Costa.

The highly-rated Portuguese stopper, who was actually born in France, can play anywhere along the back-line and has seemingly impressed enough at PSV Eindhoven this term to earn a move to England.

He only transferred to the Philips Stadion last summer from Nancy, but Chelsea have reportedly moved quickly to secure a deal for the 20-year-old.

Portuguese sources claim that a deal has already been agreed between all parties for the move, and is seemingly further evidence of the co-operation between PSV and Chelsea.

Numerous deals have now been concluded between the two sides in the last couple of seasons, which have seen the Dutch club benefit greatly from The Blues placing players with them - mainly South Americans who would not be eligible to play in England.

Only last month the two sides concluded a deal for Benfica star Alcides, who has joined PSV on a long-term loan from Chelsea - a move which is reported to have smoothed over da Costa's summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been left woefully short of defensive cover at times this season and he is seemingly determined to make sure this situation does not repeat itself.