New Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho has raided his former club FC Porto for the services of Portuguese international defender Paulo Ferreira.
The 25-year-old right-back, who is part of the Portugal squad at UEFA EURO 2004™, has agreed to join the London outfit for €20m, although the terms of the contract have not yet been finalised.
Mourinho took Ferreira to Porto for a tenth of the new fee, €2m, two years ago and he became an integral part of the side, playing every single minute of the Portuguese club's triumphant 13-match UEFA Champions League campaign last season. He will feature in the competition again in 2004/05 as Chelsea finished second in the Premiership to qualify automatically for the group stage.
Ferreira made his international debut in a friendly against England, the country of his new employers and coincidentally the opposition his side face again in the EURO 2004™ quarter-finals on Thursday, when he will be hoping to win his 14th cap.
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