Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has said his club will secure the signing of Robinho from Real Madrid in the next 48 hours.
New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been chasing the Brazil international since he took over at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.
But that long pursuit finally appears to be nearing a conclusion as Scolari looks to add a third new recruit to his squad, following the captures of Deco and Jose Bosingwa.
Robinho, who played under Scolari for the Brazil national side, has made it clear that he wants to quit the Bernabeu and last week begged Real directors to negotiate a deal with Chelsea.
Having initially been reluctant to let the forward leave, Real now appear to have relented and the Spanish giants are willing to sell the wantaway star for a reported 36 million euros (£28.75m).
Robinho's agent Wagner Ribeiro confirmed an agreement was in sight.
"A deal is about to be reached," he said in the Guardian. "Robinho's time in Spain has come to an end. He is looking forward to being part of a new project."