«PORTO coach Andre Villas-Boas is the red-hot favourite to become new Chelsea boss after several leading bookmakers suspended betting on the man referred to as mini-Mourinho.
Porto's in-demand coach was one of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff at Stamford Bridge and has had considerable success as a manager in his own right, leading his Portuguese club to a league and Europa League double last season.
Portugal's national news agency Lusa reported that Villa-Boas was poised to take over from Carlo Ancelotti and some suggestions were that he would become Chelsea coach with previous leading candidate for the job Guus Hiddink securing a director of football role.»
The Sun (notícia completa aqui)
«Chelsea are closing in on a sensational deal to appoint Andre Villas-Boas. (...)
Villas-Boas is now understood to be on his way to London to discuss taking over from sacked Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea are hopeful of completing the deal this week with an unveiling set for soon afterwards.
The 33-year-old is widely regarded as the next Jose Mourinho given the similarities in his incredible rise with Porto. Villas-Boas, who speaks fluent English, also worked in Mourinho's backroom team during his spell at Stamford Bridge.
Should the follow in his mentor's footsteps, he will become the Premier League's youngest manager, more than half the age of Sir Alex Ferguson and in fact younger than Frank Lampard. (...)
It is not yet clear whether Villas-Boas, who is set to earn around £5m a year (the same as Mourinho did at Chelsea), has been targeted to work alongside Guus Hiddink, who has been at the centre of a tug-of-war between Chelsea and his current employers Turkey. However, Hiddink may well assume a sporting director role with Villas-Boas in charge of coaching and team selection at the Barclays Premier League runners-up.»
Daily Mail (notícia completa aqui)
«Chelsea are set to recruit the Porto manager André Villas-Boas, according to reports in Portugal, and the coach has accepted the offer to work in London. (...)
Chelsea have also been in negotiations with Guus Hiddink about returning to the club he briefly managed in 2009. Chelsea have been considering the Dutchman for either the coach's job or the sporting director role – should he take on the latter then there would also be room for Villas-Boas to take a position at the club.
However, his agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, felt the Dutchman would be wary of taking the director of football role. "One hundred per cent we have never discussed that, and I know Guus has not given it a thought for one second. He has a tough enough challenge trying to qualify Turkey for the Euros. And if he does that then he will be going to the finals next year. And if he doesn't then it will probably end with Turkey in November."
Guardian (notícia completa aqui)
«Chelsea remain confident a new manager will shortly be in place - with Porto insisting as yet there has been no official offer to trigger Andre Villas-Boas' €15 million release clause.
Guus Hiddink - who enjoyed a successful spell as caretaker boss in 2008/2009 and continues to hold a close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich - emerged as the leading candidate to return to Stamford Bridge.
However, despite the Blues said to be ready to meet the £4million compensation demands of the Turkish Football Federation to allow Hiddink's departure, it now appears the veteran Dutchman could be set for a sporting director role rather than going back into hand-ons management.
Villas-Boas, 33, would certainly fit the bill for an up-and-coming coach to work with the first team and is no stranger to Stamford Bridge, having worked there under Jose Mourinho.»
The Independent (notícia completa aqui)