In a three-way race to sign Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi, Premier League outfit Chelsea have been successful in landing the talented centre-back, beating AC Milan and Barcelona in the process.
Both the Italian and Spanish sides showed interest in the player, but appear to have failed to negotiate a deal.
Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of the Argentine international, according to The Daily Express, and have singled him out as the preferred choice to be added to the squad keeping in mind the future of the club and its view to get more young players and also to promote youth talent.
Portuguese Primiera Liga side Porto have accepted Otamendi will be leaving for London to join Chelsea next summer, according to the report.
A no-nonsense defender, Otamendi plays primarily at centre back but is also astute at right back position as well. The 25-year-old started his professional career at Argentine club Velez Sarsfield before making a €3.5million move to Porto on a five-year deal in 2010.
The Blues have previously seen several Porto players join the Stamford Bridge outfit over the years, with Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho and Jose Bosingwa all arriving from Portugal.
Otamendi has won back to back league titles with Porto in 2011 and 2012, while also securing the winners medal after clinching the UEFA Europa League in 2011 under Andre Villas-Boas.
A huge favourite of Argentine legend Diego Maradona, who handed him his international debut back in 2009 against Panama, after which he has made 15 appearances for the national side with the last one coming in 2011. Significantly, he was included in his country's World Cup squad in 2010.
It is believed that Mourinho is bringing him on-board to be mainly used as a right-back, as he sees Branislav Ivanovic as his first choice ahead of Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, who has had limited opportunities under the Portuguese manager.
The fee reportedly will be around £10million which the Blues won’t mind paying to secure the talented defender's services.
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