Chelsea's chances of signing defender Felipe Luis have been given a huge boost after he made it clear he was ready to cash in on a good season and make a big-money move this summer.
According to AS, the Brazilian has rejected the offer of a new contract from Atletico Madrid and has told them he wants to move to Stamford Bridge. The report claims Atletico are desperate to keep Luis at the Vicente Calderon and have been doing everything they can to get him to sign a new deal, but that he has already made his mind up.
Chelsea will be on the lookout for an experienced left-back after Ashley Cole confirmed he would be leaving the Blues after an illustrious time at the club and Luis would fit the bill perfectly. He was brilliant in an unbelievably successful season for Diego Simeone's side, which saw them win an unlikely La Liga title and make the Champions League final - where they were seconds away from claiming the trophy from rivals Real Madrid, who eventually won 4-1 in extra time.
Jose Mourinho's fist season back at Chelsea did not go to plan as the club failed to win a single trophy, coming third in the Premier League and being dumped out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Atletico madrid. He will be looking to bolster his squad in a couple of areas to put that right next season and Luis would likely only be one of a number of signings.
The report from the Spanish publication claims Chelsea will be made to work hard if they are going to sign the 28-year-old. Atletico hope Simeone can talk to his left-back and convince him to stay another year as they try to consolidate their success from this season.
Despite Luis wanting to move to Chelsea, the Spanish club are determined not to lose out on any money and have indicated the Londoners should forget about a deal being done unless they meet the asking price. The report claims Luis has a buyout clause in his current deal worth €24million, which would not be a great stretch for Roman Abramovich and is probably the reason Atletico wanted the defender to sign a new one, so as to install a larger buyout clause.