Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich knew what he was doing when he appointed Andre Villas-Boas. He paid a handsome amount to trigger his release clause and get him over to London from Porto. Now, it looks like he'll have to pay a lot more, around £62m to be exact, if he wants his latest manager to work with the players he wishes to.
Porto, left betrayed by Villas-Boas, fears that their star players could follow him to Chelsea. However, they won't let them go without making sufficient profit. Porto chairman Pinto da Costa told Chelsea that they would have to meet the figure of £62million if they want Jao Moutinho and Radamel Falcao to move to London.
Falcao has a release clause of £26million, while Moutinho and Hulk are also linked with a move following Villas-Boas. In Falcao's case though, some progress has been made. The striker admitted that there was movement with respect to a potential move to London.
I am leaving things up to my agent, Falcao said in the Daily Star. I am very calm about the situation but I know there has been some movement. My ambition is to keep working hard and I am convinced I can play in a superior league like England. If Chelsea is interested in me then all that needs to happen is for negotiations to take place.
Things are not looking good for the Blues in their pursuit of Brazilian striker Neymar. It's been over a year since Chelsea began their attempts to sign the 19-year-old, but he looks to have snubbed the Blues for a move to Real Madrid. talkSPORT reported that Neymar has agreed a six-year deal worth around £26.75m with Madrid, as the Spanish giants and Santos look to agree a fee next week.
Neymar's choice has been backed by the legendary Pele, who said that the Premier League is too rough.
He said in the Daily Mirror, Neymar could play in Spain. It is the kind of football that is suited to his characteristics. Eight months ago he could have gone to England, but I told his father that this style is not for him.
Elsewhere, Chelsea's new boss, Villas-Boas, is under no illusions about what he has to do to keep the job. Though just the Champions League might do, Villas-Boas has claimed that he would aim for a quadruple. He also added that only lucky teams win the Champions League.
I am confident I can respond to Chelsea's expectations and we can focus on the four trophies that we have to win, he said. I am pretty much confident that people will like it.
This is a new leadership, a new way of being, but I think in the end it all ends up in the motivation everyone must feel to continue to win for the club.
I can understand that Chelsea are obsessed with the Champions League, but Champions Leagues are not won by the best clubs. They are won by clubs that are lucky.