Blues close in on £20m Atletico Madrid left- back Filipe Luis

By 05:35 Wed, 28 May 2014 Comments


Chelsea are closing in on Atletico

Madrid left-back Filipe Luis.

According to the Evening Standard,

the Blues are prepared to offer the

Brazilian a salary of £78,000 per

week to convince him to move to

the club, with manager Jose

Mourinho seeking another left-back

with Ashley Cole set to leave

Stamford Bridge during the

summer.

Luis, who played against Chelsea in

Atletico's Champions League semi-

final win last month, has a £19.5m

buy-out clause in his contract.

The Blues have a strong

relationship with the La Liga

champions, having loaned them

goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the

last three seasons and been in

negotiations with them for several

months over £32m striker Diego

Costa.

Speaking after the Champions

League final defeat by Real Madrid

last weekend, Luis said he was

hoping to see out the remaining

three years on his contract at

Atletico. However, Chelsea’s offer

will double his salary and they are

confident he will change his mind.

With Cole leaving as a free agent,

Chelsea have limited options for the

left-back role. Right-back Cesar

Azpilicueta, who impressed out of

position there last term, will be

handed a contract extension this

summer. Ryan Bertrand and Patrick

van Aanholt have been on loan at

Aston Villa and Vitesse Arnhem

respectively, but the former is set

to be sold and the latter will be

assessed in pre-season training.

Luis is considered to be one of the

best left-backs in Europe, although

his performances were not

considered good enough for him to

be named in Brazil’s World Cup

squad.


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