Chelsea have been handed a potential transfer boost in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur target Fabio Coentrao, according to reports.
Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for the Portuguese international in recent weeks, with reports claiming the player could be used as part of a deal that sees Gareth Bale leave White Hart Lane for the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the 25-year-old has dealt a major blow to Andre Villas-Boas, with Marca claiming the player is considering a number of options in Europe but only wants to join a club playing Champions League football.
That would rule Tottenham Hotspur out of the race for the player, after the north London club finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have no such worries after finishing third last season, and new manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the left-back, according to The Daily Express.
The Blues aren’t short of options in the position, with England international Ashley Cole and youngster Ryan Bertrand both currently on the books at Stamford Bridge.
However, the paper claims Coentrao is a ‘favourite’ of Mourinho’s from their time together in the Spanish capital, and ‘the special one’ is eager to bring his compatriot to west London.
He won’t come cheap for Chelsea, but the report goes on to state that the club are ready to table a £17million bid for the player’s services.