Chelsea priced out of move for Falcao et al

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has rebuffed suggestions he will further damage his reputation in Porto by attempting to sign their most high-profile players.

Speculation has been mounting that Villas-Boas would attempt to prise the likes of Falcao, Hulk and Joao Moutinho away from Estadio do Dragao, but the former Porto manager claims that is not the case.

Villa-Boas instead insists that the substantial release clauses written into the contracts of Porto's top performers - with Hulk reported to have a release fee of €100 million - means Chelsea and others would be priced out of any proposed moves.

"Porto have a lot of fantastic players and top quality talent, but they are known as being one of the most expensive clubs for selling their players," said Villas-Boas after Chelsea touched down in Kuala Lumpur.


"They protect themselves with high release clauses and it's difficult for us to move into that market, into that situation."

Chelsea are in Asia as part of their pre-season preparations, and will play four games during their stint - which will give Villas-Boas the opportunity to further asses his troops.

The 33-year-old is still expected to reinforce his squad before the start of the new season, with young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois set to become the first Chelsea signing of the summer.

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