Reported Liverpool target Fábio Coentrão will be the subject of a summer bid from Chelsea, it has been claimed.
According to talkSPORT, Benfica are bracing themselves for bids for the versatile wideman when the transfer window reopens and Chelsea will be among the first clubs to make their move.
Along with Chelsea, the Portuguese is thought to have been on the radar of Liverpool for a number of months after Goal.com initially reported that they had shown interest in the 23-year-old.
Coentrão has since been quoted in the French press expressing his 'love' for Liverpool and caughtoffside.com suggested the Anfield club have 'earmarked' the Portugal international for a summer transfer.
Liverpool are currently short on recognised left-backs after the failure of Paul Konchesky to make a lasting impression at Anfield saw him loaned out to Nottingham Forest.
This would suggest that Liverpool will be in the market for reinforcements when the transfer window reopens, and Coentrão would be an exciting successor for the beleaguered Konchesky.
However, Liverpool are expected to have to spend big to land Coentrão, who has a buyout clause of £26 million written into his contract, which expires in 2016.
Liverpool, though, have demonstrated their financial clout under the ownership of New England Sports Ventures and are likely to provide stiff competition for Coentrão's other reported suitors.
Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are alleged to be prepared to battle with Liverpool and Chelsea for Coentrão's signature as a summer of heavy spending awaits.