Chelsea are willing to pay €15 million to sign Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis - which is €9 million less than the La Liga champions’ asking price. Atleti have made it clear that they will only sell if a club triggers the 28-year-old’s €24 million release clause, but Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to pay that much for a player approaching the latter stages of his career.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who claim that Luis has made it known to Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave the Vicente Calderon in order to join Chelsea.
Will Atletico accept a lower fee?
While Atletico are adamant that they will not accept a lower fee for the Brazil international, the fact they have already signed a replacement for Luis suggests that the Madrid-based outfit could be convinced to enter into negotiations.
Atletico secured the services of Granada full-back Guilherme Siqueira last month, presuming that Chelsea would stump up the €24 million required to sign Luis, who is wanted by Mourinho as a direct replacement for Ashley Cole.
Should Chelsea pull out of the deal to sign Luis, Atletico boss will be left with two first-choice left-backs - one unhappy - in his ranks. Subsequently, it’s in Atleti’s interest to reach an agreement with the west London outfit.
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 in no rush
Mourinho knows he has plenty of time, if required, to negotiate the best possible deal for Luis with Atletico. The 2014/15 Premier League campaign doesn’t get underway for another six weeks, while the transfer window doesn’t shut until September 2.
Cole may have left Stamford Bridge, but the former England international was replaced as the Blues’ first-choice left-back last season by Cesar Azpilicueta, who was arguably Chelsea’s best performer last season.
Mourinho will be perfectly happy to start the season with Azpilicueta as his number one left-back - and Atletico Madrid are fully aware of this fact.