Chelsea’s £16million push for Filipe Luis has not gone down well at Atletico Madrid, where the Brazilian has been banished to train with the reserves as he is trying to force the move through.
According to the Evening Standard, Luis’ insistence that he wants to leave the Spanish champions for Stamford Bridge and his behaviour since telling the club that have not gone down well with Diego Simeone. The Atletico Madrid manager has sent Luis to train with the club’s youth stars and reserves.
The report claims that Chelsea have indicated they will be willing to offer as much as £16million for the 28-year-old, but are refusing to go any higher with their bid. Atletico appear to be resigned to losing him and have already signed a replacement in Guilherme Siqueira, also a 28-year-old Brazilian, from Granada.
However, the Blues’ bid is still short of the £20million buyout clause in the defender’s contract. Atletico are not keen on accepting anything less than they have to, which has left the clubs at a bit of an impasse, but the report claims £16million may eventually be enough as the Spaniards look to put an end to the story.
Luis was extremely impressive during an unexpectedly sensational season for the Vicente Calderon club, which saw them beat both Barcelona and Real Madrid to the league title and get within seconds of claiming the Champions League title.
His performances at left-back mean a move to a club like Chelsea was always going to be on the cards, with the lure of a bumper contract at a crucial time in his career difficult to turn down.
Mourinho is in need of a new left-back after it was confirmed earlier this summer that veteran Ashley Cole would be leaving the club when his contract expired at the start of July. Cole has since agreed a deal to join AS Roma in the Serie A, but his departure was no surprise after he spent the majority of the season on the bench behind Cesar Azpilicueta – naturally a right-back.
Ryan Bertrand was sent out on loan to Aston Villa last season and it is clear Mourinho does not favour him and a transfer is on the cards. Luis could come into the squad and conceivably straight into the first team if the two clubs can come to an agreement before the season starts.
Chelsea didn’t win a single trophy last season and even the Portuguese club legend will be worried about his position if that happens again – trophyless managers don’t last long under Roman Abramovich. Mourinho could do with a settled squad and transfer business conducted before the season starts, so as to get off to a better start than last season.