Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis is so desperate to seal a dream summer switch to Chelsea that he will pay a £7m difference in valuation between the two clubs himself rather than stay at the Vicente Calderon for another season. That is according to reports in Spain sourced by the Daily Star, who believe the Brazilian full-back is worried about a breakdown in talks over the transfer and wants his future resolved as a matter of urgency.
Atletico play hardball
Chelsea have now discovered on two separate occasions this summer that Atletico Madrid are fierce negotiators in the transfer market. The Blues relented and met strike star Diego Costa's £32m buy-out clause to seal a deal which still needs to be officially confirmed by both parties, but negotiations regarding Luis have proved far more difficult.
The 28-year-old has a release clause of £19m and Atletico are not prepared to let one of their best players leave for anything less, but Chelsea believe that given his age they shouldn't have to pay anything more than £12m.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been forced to make the addition of a new left-back his top transfer priority after allowing Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge complete a surprise switch to Serie A, but is prepared to look beyond Luis at the likes of Marcos Rojo and Alberto Moreno if he can't reach an agreement with Atletico.
Mourinho potentially moving on to other targets is a nightmare for Luis, who has reportedly made it he clear that he will bridge the £7m gap himself to move on in a similar vein to the way Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal for Barcelona.
Luis in limbo
Atletico are still waiting for Chelsea to respond with a fresh offer exceeding £12m and all the while Luis is sweating over fulfilling a personal ambition to play in the Premier League, but progress has been slow and despite a declaration that he will pay £7m it looks increasingly likely that Mourinho may be forced to look elsewhere.