Portuguese will be the successor to ageing Cole at the Bridge.
Incoming Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho will make Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao his first signing after having been confirmed as the successor to ‘interim’ Blues boss Rafa Benitez in the Stamford Bridge hot seat next week, says the Daily Mirror.
The self-styled ‘Special One’ oversaw his final match in charge of los Blancos on Saturday, a 4-2 win over Osasuna in La Liga, after a controversial three-year reign in the Spanish capital.
And now it is expected that the Portuguese will be announced in his new role in west London at the start of next week, six years after he was sacked by Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich,
Mourinho has reportedly already given the Blues owner a list of summer transfer targets, with the name of Portugal international Coentrao said to be top of it as the trainer looks for a long-term replacement for veteran full-back Ashley Cole.
Left-back Coentrao joined Madrid from Benfica for 30 million euros in July 2011 on a six-year contract and since that big-money move the 25-year-old has featured in 63 matches in all competitions for the Spanish giants, registering one goal and three assists in the process.