Porto Champions League woes could accelerate Chelsea target’s exit

Failure to reach the knockout stages could see Nicolas Otamendi arrive at Stamford Bridge earlier than expected.

Nicolas Otamendi could swap Porto for Chelsea sooner than expected, with the Portuguese side currently struggling to reach the last-16 of the Champions League and open to the idea of cashing in on one of their prized assets.

Defeat at home to group rivals Zenit St Petersburg has left Jorge Jesus’ team with an uphill task to reach the next stage of the competition.

And with Otamendi already agitating for a move, the club may be willing to listen to offers for the player in January, with Chelsea heading up the list of potential suitors.

The London club have been admirers of the Argentine defender for some time, with the 25-year-old already earmarked as a potential successor to club captain John Terry.

Reports in Marca suggested that Porto had already resigned themselves to losing one of their stars, with the club seemingly willing to let him leave at the conclusion of the current campaign .

But with Chelsea continuing to express an interest in landing the player sooner rather than later, an early Champions League exit could ultimately accelerate the process and see Otamendi in the Premier League come January.

The signing would represent a major coup for the Blues, with the likes of AC Milan and Barcelona believed to be sniffing around the defender.

Otamendi is already a full international, with 15 caps for Argentina and one goal.

He was also part of Diego Maradona’s Albiceleste squad for the country’s ill-fated World Cup campaign in South Africa just over three years ago.

Nevertheless, he comes highly recommended to Mourinho by those within his former club Porto having won three league titles and a Europa League among other honours during his time in Portugal.

The Portuguese giants paid previous club Velez Sarsfield €4 million for his services back in 2010, with any fee involved in a move to Chelsea likely to be significantly higher.

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