Sky Sports sources understand Queens Park Rangers have agreed a fee for Chelsea defender Alex.
New Loftus Road boss Mark Hughes immediately targeted the Brazilian following his appointment earlier in January and is now closer to getting his man.
Alex wants out of Chelsea and in December the centre-back had a transfer request accepted by the club.
Andre Villas-Boas is aiming to remodel his squad and bring down the average age to mean the 29-year-old centre-back does not feature in his plans.
Sky sources reported on Friday evening that QPR had made an improved bid to Chelsea after making a first offer at the beginning of January and that has now been accepted.
Villas-Boas, who is on the brink of signing Bolton's Gary Cahill, had confirmed on Thursday an offer from a Premier League rival had been received.
Chelsea's manager said: "From what I know from my chief executive, there has been an approach from a Premier League club.
"We have respected Alex's transfer request so the market's open for him.
"We're just trying to reach the level of proposal we think is good for the player. Nothing has happened up to now, but we'll listen to all offers.
"We'll present anything to the player. He has to make a decision. He has generated interest from a lot of clubs."