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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Chelsea to sign Ferreira

PAULO FERREIRA FACTFILE
Porto defender Paulo Ferreira
Born: Lisbon, 18/1/79
Started career with Estoril
Joined Vittoria Setubal in 2000
Debut, 13/8/01 v Maritimo
Joined Porto 2002
Chelsea have agreed a 13.2m fee with Porto for Portugese international Paulo Ferreira and the deal will go through when Portugal are out of Euro 2004.

The player, who visited the yacht of Blues owner Roman Abramovich this week, will be reunited with Jose Mourinho, who joined Chelsea earlier this month.

"He's concentrating on the Portugal team. We don't want to disrupt that," said chief executive Peter Kenyon.

"He's a fabulous talent, one of the best right-backs in Europe," he added.

Mourinho, who led Porto to a 3-0 win over Monaco in the Champions League final, was named Chelsea manager earlier this month, replacing Claudio Ranieri.

He has said his immediate priority was to cut the number of players at his disposal in a bid to instil the hunger that underpinned his success at Porto.

Porto and Portugal midfielder Deco said last week he was close to agreeing to join Chelsea.

But a Porto spokesman told BBC Sport that Real Madrid have also expressed an interest in the player.



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