Atletico Madrid have all but consigned themselves to losing Filipe Luis this summer, as the Brazilian full-back is now ignoring their calls and trying to force a move to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old has been on Jose Mourinho’s radar for sometime, and this weekend it was claimed he had agreed to a contract worth in excess of €5million a year, despite the fact that a deal between the Blues and Atletico had yet to be settled upon. Now though, the Daily Express claim that Luis is taking matters into his own hands and refusing to make contact with his current club until they consent to selling him.
It’s thought that the reigning La Liga champions have given up trying to convince Luis to stay at the Vicente Calderon, and will accept a Chelsea bid in the region of £19million. Whether or not Roman Abramovich is ready to pay that remains to be seen, but it very much seems that the left-back is there for the taking if he is.
Despite coming a whisker away from winning the Champions League, to add to their domestic success, last term, Atletico are now poised to be relieved of a number of their first-team stars, with Diego Costa also gearing up for a Premier League switch. As such Diego Simeone might have been forgiven for striving to limit the damage, but it appears that Luis is very much a lost cause.
Though Luis has never been bereft of game-time in Madrid he’s not considered an indispensable asset, and knows that he can command far higher wages elsewhere in Europe. On top of that the defender will be looking to enhance his chances of getting a break at international level, particularly considering he was overlooked for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 23-man World Cup squad this summer.
The Express goes on to state that the 28-year-old has spent the post-season ignoring Atletico’s pleas to hold talks over his future, which has greatly angered the Spanish champions.
Where he fits in
Since it was made clear that Ashley Cole would be moving on before the start of next season Mourinho has been on the hunt for a replacement, and Luis is perfect in that respect. The Brazilian has pedigree at the highest level, has proven himself as having the ability to push forward when needed, but is also disciplined enough to tuck in when needed.
Such traits make him a natural choice to do a job for the Blues, and the £19million price-tag won’t put off Mourinho anytime soon.