Chelsea have agreed terms with Filipe Luis over a move, but not a transfer fee with Atletico Madrid ahead of his proposed move this summer.
Spanish publication Marca claims the Brazilian full-back, who has four international caps to his name, made the La Liga champions aware that he was considering a move away. And, the 28-year-old subsequently agreed terms on a deal which saw him earn €5million more a season.
No transfer fee
However, the Blues are yet to agree terms over a fee with the Champions League runners-up, and there is growing concern at the Vicente Calderon stadium that Jose Mourinho is getting cold feet over a move.
Luis has a €24million minimum fee release clause in his contract, according to the report, and that could be the stumbling block as the Blues hope to land the former Deportivo star for a reduced fee. Atletico have already started preparing for life after the player, having signed Guilherme Siqueira from Granada.
Left-back is a position Chelsea do need to strengthen this summer, after ‘the special one’ allowed veteran Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge. That leaves Cesar Azpilicueta as the main option, with Ryan Bertrand a potential back-up.
Luis would certainly appear to be higher-quality competition for the position than Bertrand, who despite having played for England and in some big European matches in the past, appears out of favour with Mourinho after being shipped out on loan last season.
An even younger England international, Luke Shaw, had also been linked with a move to west London from Southampton, but he’s subsequently become the most expensive teenager in world football after signing for Manchester United.
The ball now appears to be firmly in the Chelsea court with regards to Luis, and they have also been heavily linked with a move for Diego Costa. Burning the bridge with their Spanish rivals may put a move for either player in jeopardy.
And, with both left-back and striker a priority for the Blues, it seems like Mourinho is playing a risky game of business with Roman Abramovich’s millions as the transfer window looms large.
Who joins Fabregas?
Chelsea have already signed Cesc Fabregas in the transfer window, and it remains to be seen who will join the Spaniard on the King’s Road.
One thing is clear though; Mourinho has a keen eye on the Spanish market, having spent plenty of time there himself during his reign as Real Madrid manager. It's there local rivals that he appears to have taken a particular shine.