Andre Villas Boas has admitted that he is interested in Porto trio Hulk, Joao Moutinho and Alvaro Pereira, and may make a move for them in the summer.
The Portuguese coach was expected to raid his former club for players when he took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer, however as yet no additions from the 2010/11 Europa League winners have been made.
However this could be set to change in the summer, as Villas Boas looks to strengthen for next season.
“We have Kalou and Malouda, both of whom are nearing the end of their contracts, while Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future,” he told Portuguese radio station TSF, translated to English by Sky Sports.
“As such, there will surely be a place to fill and I see room for an explosive player on the wing, someone who is strong in one-on-one situations and Hulk fits that profile.”
When asked about Moutinho and Pereira, he also was not ruling out a bid for the duo.
“They could surely play in the Premier League and at Chelsea,” he admitted.
Finally, with Villas Boas under pressure to end the season well, he has confessed that his job is not safe just yet.
“The pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a (manager’s) downfall in similar situations or even ‘better’ situations.
“What will be the reaction? It will be one of the two, a continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don’t know,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight