Chelsea have reportedly upped their bid for Atletico Madrid star Filipe Luis to £15million on the back of being rejected with their initial attempts to bag him for a cut-price.
It’s said that Jose Mourinho tried and failed to convince the La La champions to sell their Brazilian full-back for £12million, despite the fact that his release clause stands at close to 20. The link between The Blues and the 28-year-old has been around for some time but it now appears that the west London giants are having trouble pushing the deal over the line, regardless of speculation claiming that the player himself was actively pushing for a transfer.
It now seems that Mourinho is ready to ditch attempts to land Luis on the cheap, and has tested Atletico’s resolve with the improved offer, though Diego Simeone may decide to refuse a sale unless Chelsea go all the way and pay the £19million it would take to trigger the release clause in his contract.
With last season's Champions League finalists staring down the barrel of a mass exodus which could see a number of their top stars leave, Simeone will be determined to stifle the advances of suitor clubs where he can, and it makes sense to assume that Chelsea will be rejected once more as their La Liga counterparts hold out for the maximum sum for their replacement.
The Blues, for their part, are in dire need of recruiting a new left-back, having made the controversial decision to allow Ashley Cole to leave the squad after many years of service. Whilst Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta can both operate on the left hand side of defence neither is considered in the top bracket of player in the position, and Mourinho will be looking to get someone in who is, or could be, as effective as Cole has been.
In other news from Stamford Bridge it’s believed that Tottenham are on the verge of offering £20million for the services of Romelu Lukaku, and a fight could ensure between them and arch-rivals Arsenal for his signature. The out of favour striker could be sold in order to raise funds for more activity in the transfer market, with Mourinho seemingly not convinced of his abilities to lead his line next year.
Comments made by Lukaku earlier on today suggest that the youngster is open to the idea of leaving Stamford Bridge so long as he is guaranteed game-time. The 21-year-old told how he wanted to be free and was considering his options, which virtually leaves the door open for Arsene Wenger to make a swoop so long as he sees the Belgian as the right man to compete with Olivier Giroud up top.
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