Date: 8th January 2007 at 3:49pm
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Apparently Chelsea are interested not only in defenders, but also attacking players. Outside English football, there are reports in Portugal that José has set his eyes on Porto`s winger Ricardo Quaresma.

Or at least, that`s what Portuguese daily “Correio da Manha” published over the weekend. Citing the ubiquitous ‘source`, the newspaper quotes anonymously. “The Portuguese coach considers that it is a priority to sign a new winger, given the injuries to Robben and Cole”. And the fact that Chelsea are about to sell Shaun Wright-Phillips, the source didn`t say. Therefore Quaresma is apparently on a very short shortlist of players that Mourinho is following with some enthusiasm.

The newspaper helpfully points out that José and Quaresma share the same agent, Jorge Mendes, and that Mendes was in London over the weekend, which is apparently a good sign, although Porto are said to be holding out for a price of at least ?12 million.

However, a stumbling block for Chelsea (as well as for Quaresma himself) is that the winger will be cup-tied for the Champions League, having already played for Porto. That would be the same Porto who are drawn against Chelsea in the next round of the tournament.

Atlético Madrid have, in the past, been heavily linked with Quaresma. At the time, the winger suggested that he`d prefer to stay with Porto. In fact, it is said that Atlético and Porto reached an agreement to sell the player, but when Porto qualified for the knock-out stage of the Champions League by the skin of their teeth, the fans were very vocal in demanding that the player stay. Of course, should Chelsea really be interested, it would be rather a different kettle of fish: as well as being a team with different ambitions, Chelsea are also a team where another Portuguese player would have no problems fitting in.

For the record, Quaresma was voted the best player in Portugal in 2006.