Chelsea ace Filipe Luis is one of three targets Atletico Madrid are considering to solve their problem at left-back, despite the fact he only left the Vicente Calderon last summer.
The Brazilian was initially tipped to become an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for this campaign, but Cesar Azpilicueta has ensured that his role has been confined mainly to substitute appearances and filling the void as a backup option.
As a result Luis’ debut campaign in the Premier League will be marked down as a disappointment, and it appears Atletico are keen to capitalise on this as they’ve been unable to adequately replace him this term.
Diego Simeone turned to Guilhermo Siqueira when Luis left the club, but the 28-year-old hasn’t looked nearly as composed as the man he was supposed to replace, and according to Spanish mouthpiece Marca a three-man shortlist has been compiled ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Luis is joined by FC Porto youngster Alex Sandro and AS Monaco man Layvin Kurzawa, though it makes sense to assume Simeone would prefer the tried and trusted ex-player if he had a choice.
Of course if Atletico do make an effort to take Luis back Chelsea would hold all the cards in the negotiations given that he’s only a year into his Stamford Bridge contract. The player himself recently confirmed that it remained his intention to see out his deal in west London, but his situation might change should the summer roll around and Mourinho not give him satisfactory assurances over the amount of opportunities he will be afforded.
Also in Marca’s report is the fee it would purportedly take for the Blues to consider letting Luis return to Madrid, and unfortunately for Atletico fans it doesn’t make for pleasant reading.
The best option
The 29-year-old cost around €17 million in 2014, and it’s said it will take that same sum to convince Chelsea to negotiate. For Simeone that would probably take a sizeable chunk out of his budget, and he might therefore consider Sandro and Kurzawa to be more suitable options.
With Luis fast approaching 30 that would make more sense on paper, especially as it seems a good deal of groundwork would have to be put in to convince the player himself to give up on his Premier League dream. Sandro is 23 and is tipped for a bright future, whilst Kurzawa is 22 and has already been capped for the France national team.
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