Benfica full back Fabio Coentrao has been made a top target by new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, and despite the Portuguese star hoping for a move to Real Madrid, the Blues aim to make Coentrao their ‘first signing’ under new management, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Coentrao currently has a release clause in his contract with Benfica for £27 million – an amount which Chelsea can easily afford with their flexible transfer budget.
While the Blues have been relatively quiet on the transfer front so far this summer, players and pundits alike have admitted that the club were most likely waiting for a new manager before showing their cards. And now that Villas-Boas is around, big money can finally be spent on capturing targets.
Coentrao reportedly wants to move to Real Madrid, but Chelsea are confident that they can turn the star’s head, with millions of pounds being invested in creating a Champions League winning squad this season.
The 23-year-old Portugal international, who can play in both the right full-back and left wing positions, is reportedly the first star Villas-Boas wants to sign to become a long term replacement for older Chelsea star Ashley Cole.