Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis is desperate to secure a dream transfer to Chelsea this summer and has pleaded with his current employers to lower their asking price in order for him to move to Stamford Bridge.
La Liga champions Atletico have insisted that Luis can only leave the Vicente Calderon if his £19 million release clause is triggered, but Chelsea are not prepared to pay that amount of money for a defender who turns 29 next month, according to the Express.
Chelsea need a left-back
Although Chelsea are reluctant to pay the £19 million fee, Atletico know that the Blues require a new left-back and will become increasingly desperate to secure Luis’s services as the clock ticks down to the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
The Blues have already missed out on England’s teenage full-back Luke Shaw, who completed a £27 million move from Southampton to Manchester United last week, and need a replacement for Ashley Cole, who was released on a free transfer this summer.
Atletico Madrid’s acquisition of Guilherme Siqueira
While it seems unlikely that Atletico Madrid will agree to lower Luis’s asking price, the Spaniards have already brought in a replacement for the Brazilian defender: Guilherme Siqueira from Granada.
Siqueira, also 28 and also Brazilian, looks set to become Atletico’s first-choice left-back from the start of next season after completing a €8 million transfer to the La Liga champions last month.
That Luis has rejected a new contract to stay at the Vicente Calderon suggests it’s simply a matter of time before Chelsea and Atletico reach an agreement over the South American’s transfer.
Filipe Luis: Scout report
Take a closer look at why Jose Mourinho is so keen to secure Luis’s signature by watching the video below.
Chelsea to move Azpilicueta to right-back?
Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta excelled in the left-back position after displacing Cole in the starting line-up last season. However, with Mourinho determined to sign another left-back, this appears to indicate the Azpilicueta may start in his favoured right-back spot next season.
Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a surprise move to Arsenal, but if the Serbian stays at Stamford Bridge he will face stiff competition for a starting berth. It’s not secret that Mourinho is a big fan of Azpilicueta, who picked up Chelsea’s Players’ Player of the Year award in May.
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