Chelsea have agreed a £20 million deal to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis as a replacement for Ashley Cole, who joined AS Roma this week after leaving Stamford Bridge. The Brazil international will join his teammates Diego Costa and Tiago Mendes at the west London outfit this summer.
This is according to The Sun, who believe an announcement to confirm the deal is imminent. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was reluctant to active the defender's release clause but, with time ticking down to the start of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, the Portuguese appears to have finally wavered.
Mourinho takes spending to £94m
Luis will become Chelsea's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Mario Pasalic, who completed a £3 million move from Hajduk Split on Wednesday.
This latest big-money deal means Chelsea will bring their summer spending to a cool £94 million in the current transfer window. Reports suggest Mourinho may be keen to land another quality central midfielder ahead of the start of the new season.
What now for Cesar Azpilicueta?
While Eden Hazard was Chelsea's standout performer last term, Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta wasn't far behind the Belgium international. The 24-year-old picked up Chelsea's Players' Player of the Year award at the end of last season and earned plenty of praise from Mourinho for his impressive performances at left-back.
But, with Luis on his way to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho - who is a huge fan of Azpilicueta - may opt to move the Spain international into his natural right-back spot, which Branislav Ivanovic has made his own over recent seasons.
Filipe Luis: Scout report
Atletico replace Luis with Siqueira
Luis was reportedly desperate to join Chelsea, despite helping Atletico win their first La Liga title since 1996 last season. In what was a remarkable campaign under Diego Simeone, Atleti also reached the final of the Champions League, where they were eventually beaten by local rivals Real Madrid.
But Atletico have been prepared for the departure of Luis for some time now, having secured the services of Granada full-back Guilherme Siqueira last month. The Madrid-based outfit have also signed Croatia international Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich as a direct replacement for Costa, who scored 36 goals in 52 matches last season.
Can Chelsea win their first league title since 2010?
Chelsea will feel that last season was a missed opportunity to win their first Premier League title since 2010. But expectation will be high next term, with Mourinho having spent a significant sum of cash to bolster his squad.
Roman Abramovich, the Blues' billionaire owner, will expect success - as will the club's supporters. Failure to deliver and the unthinkable shouldn't be ruled out. No manager is untouchable; not even Jose Mourinho.
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