Chelsea has agreed a deal to bring Barcelona right-back Juliano Belletti to Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old Brazilian will seal a reported two-year deal once he has agreed to personal terms and completed a medical in London.
Belletti joined Barcelona in 2004 from Villarreal but only made 13 appearances for the Catalan club last season.
The Brazilian scored the winning goal in Barcelona’s Champions League win over Arsenal in 2006.
However, the arrival of World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta squeezed Belletti out of the Barca first team.
“Barcelona and Chelsea have agreed to the transfer, and the situation is now between Belletti and Chelsea,” said a Barcelona official.
“Chelsea are the ones who have to announce it. The player went there with an agreement between Chelsea and Barcelona.”
Chelsea are believed to have turned their attention to Belletti after their attempt to sign Dani Alves stalled again, reports BBC online news.
Sevilla turned down two improved offers for the full-back this week, with Chelsea and Real Madrid both in the hunt.
The Spanish club were understood to want £27m for Alves but Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said the club would not be forced into spending above the market price.
“When we are buying players there is no doubt about it there is one price for Chelsea and one price for everyone else,” Buck told 5live.
“We have to do our best to fight that.
“If the price of the player being requested is inappropriate then we will walk away. There are a number of transactions that we walked away from for just that very reason.
“In the first summer, in retrospect, some of the players did not turn out to be as excellent a player as we thought they were but that is also part of football.
“That happens to every club – that not every purchase works out. We are trying to be a little more careful going forward.”