Chelsea are poised to relinquish the services of Romelu Lukaku after landing Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa in a £32million deal, according to reports.
The Mirror claims that the big Belgian’s time is now up at Stamford Bridge and that the club has received two offers from Spain for his services. It’s common knowledge that Valencia are keen to take Lukaku in a bid to bolster their front-line, but what will most likely be of more interest to Chelsea fans is that Atletico are open to the idea of allowing Filipe Luis to move to Stamford Bridge, so long as Lukaku is going the other way.
Jose Mourinho has long harboured an interest in the Brazilian full-back, and the 28-year-old played a pivotal role in Diego Simeone’s side’s successes this term. Initially it was thought that the La Liga champions might play hardball over his sale, particularly given the fact that they’re already losing Costa, but the Mirror suggest that a scenario could unfold wherein he moves to west London and Lukaku goes to the Vicente Calderon stadium on a season-long loan.
Of course the 21-year-old forward is no stranger to temporary spells at clubs, having spent the last two seasons on loan at West Brom and Everton respectively. With 32 Premier League goals during those stints he most certainly knows how to find the back of the net, but with Costa’s arrival he is likely to fall further down the pecking order at Chelsea, and so may favour a move away in search of first-team football.
As for Luis, Mourinho is known to be looking for a new left-back, having decided to allow Ashley Cole to leave the club.