Andre Villas-Boas has ordered Chelsea's scouts to watch Portuguese midfielder Vitor Gomes reports the Daily Mirror.
The 23-year-old is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, and it is believed the Barclays Premier League club have already made contact with the representative about a possible move in January.
Gomes currently plies his trade in Portugal for little-known Rio Ave, but has attracted the attention of Blues boss Andre Billas-Boas, who believes he has the potential to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
Rated at around £5million, Gomes is versatile enough to operate as a defensive midfielder and at right-back - two positions that Chelsea are looking to strengthen in.
Jose Bosingwa has impressed under the stewardship of Villas-Boas, but with Paulo Ferreira's west London future by no means certain, Gomes could be earmarked as a bargain-buy replacement for Chelsea, and also increase the club's midfield options.
Capped at U20 and U21 level for Portugal, Gomes is yet to feature for the senior national side, but with a potential move to Chelsea on the horizon, his international career could be back on course as his development continues to flourish.