Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos is poised join Chelsea in a deal worth £20m, according to the Spanish club’s director of football Jorge Valdano.

The 31-year-oldWorld Cup winner is reportedly set to sign a deal which will double his wages to £120,000 per week.

“We’re waiting for a fax from Chelsea confirming they will pay the £20m fee in order to complete the deal,” Valdano told Spanish sports paper AS.

Carlos was quoted by BBC Radio Brazil as saying that he was about to leave but appeared to change his mind after Madrid’s 4-1 defeat by Real Sociedad on the last day of the Spanish season.

“I want to stay at Real Madrid and I think my situation will be sorted out in the next 20 days,” he said.

“I am certain I will be here next season,’ he said. ‘I need a rest now, because I have had a lot of years playing a lot of games.

“I will go home to Brazil on Tuesday, my lawyer will call the club and he will sort things out.”