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Andre Villas-Boas Rumours Flare Up Again

The Twitterers are all abuzz today with the news that Porto president Pinto da Costa has admitted that he cannot stop Andre Villas Boas moving away from the Dragao if the €15M release clause in his contract is met. On the one hand, this isn't really news - we had this information almost a month ago - but on the other this is the first hint that AVB may be on the move this summer after all. Previously, he had rebuffed all offers of a move, with a rejection of the vacancy at Inter Milan the most high-profile job he's turned down, and with Chelsea seemingly locked into a dance with Turkey's Guus Hiddink, it seemed as though we wouldn't be seeing Villas Boas come to Stamford Bridge until at least 2012, if ever.

Apparently that's not exactly the case. A Bola is reporting that the reason the Portuguese manager rejected a move to Inter is because he was already embroiled in negotiations with Chelsea, with the Blues also pursuing Porto's Colombian menace Radamel Falcao. With Villas Boas' release clause in place and relatively cheap, his club can do very little should he decide that he does indeed want to move on. And that isn't sounding too unlikely at this point.

Brace for some interesting news today, in other words. This may well happen. The Falcao stuff is less likely, but hey. I'd prefer Hulk anyway.