In much the same manner as in 2004, when Jose Mourinho brought in several of his stars from Porto, Chelsea are about to do the same with Andre Villas-Boas at the helm.
Villas-Boas, who was confirmed as the Blues' new manager on Wednesday, is reportedly set for an £80million swoop for Porto stars Jao Moutinho and Radamel Falcao as well as Santos forward Neymar.
The Daily Mirror, reported that Chelsea were closing in on Neymar, with a reported bid £40million bid, as Israeli agent Pini Zahavi flew to Brazil to help complete the deal. The transfer is expected to go through before the weekend.
Villas-Boas is set to bring in two chosen players, just as Mourinho brought in Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira. However, though he is dubbed Mourino Part 2, his view of football isn't as defensive as the special one's. While Mourinho brought in two defenders, Villas-Boas is set to bring midfielder Moutinho as well as striker Falcao, who sent tremors through Europe last season while setting a new scoring record in the Europa League with 17 goals in 14 games. He has a £26million buy-out clause in his contract, which is set to be triggered.
Moutinho, who was brought from Sporting Lisbon for £9million by Porto last summer, will have a price tag of £14million on him.
Another Porto player who is, reportedly, set to follow Villas-Boas is Brazilian striker Hulk, who told ESPN Brazil that he could quit the Europa League winners and move elsewhere, despite extending his contract in May till 2016.
Before I came on holiday I extended my contract with Porto by two years. But if there is a good opportunity for me and for the club, a transfer could take place. I have no choice about which league I'd like to play.
Right now I'm in Portugal and already with a big club. But if I go to Spain, Italy, England or Germany I would be happy too.
However, the Daily Star reports that Villas-Boas has set his sights on Internazionale striker Samuel Eto'o, who has indicated that he wishes to leave the club for pastures new. £12million is the fee reported though a deal is doubtful as Inter President Massimo Moratti had confirmed that his star players would remain at his club.
Shockingly, Barcelona are reported to be attempting a £30m capture of Stamford Bridge favourite David Luiz, just five months after he moved to London from Benefica.
With injury concerns on skipper Carles Puyol, Barcelona need assurances in central defence and manager Pep Guardiola is said to be interested in signing the 24-year-old Brazilian. Luiz has admitted that he would listen to an offer, if he has Chelsea's blessing, which is unlikely.
With a flurry of strikers ready to move to Chelsea, the 21-year-old Daniel Sturridge could move to Newcastle in a season-long loan deal. As the Toons lack firepower after the departures of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.