Jose Mourinho will make Porto's Nicolas Otamendi his primary transfer target for next season, in order to replace David Luiz, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Luiz was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, and has struggled to pin down a place in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea defence since the start of the season, prompting speculation that the 26-year-old may be heading out the door.
A Bola now claims that Otamendi, who has been a transfer target of the Blues for the past few months, will be the man Mourinho chooses to replace the Brazilian defender if he does depart Stamford Bridge.
The Argentina international's current contract doesn't expire until 2015 and is protected by a minimum release clause of €30million, but it is thought Chelsea may pay that in order to reinforce their defensive options, with Luiz possibly leaving and captain John Terry approaching the end of his career.
Otamendi has been a key part of a strong Porto squad this year who currently sit top of the Primera Liga having yet to lose a game.