Chelsea will line up a move for West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell if Filipe Luis returns to Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to ESPN.
Luis arrived at Chelsea from the Vicente Calderon at the start of the season for a reported fee of £16 million, but he's failed to hold down a starting spot.
The 29-year-old has started just seven games in the Premier League because of the presence of Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him. According to reports Atletico Madrid would like to take the Brazilian back, and now ESPN claim that Chelsea may well have his replacement lined up already.
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Cresswell has had a fine season at West Ham following his move from Ipswich in the summer, and is likely to be attracting interest from plenty of other clubs too. The 25-year-old has started each of the Hammers' league fixtures this season while it's been suggested that an England call-up may not be far away.
According to ESPN, Manchester City have also been taking a look at Cresswell as they look at homegrown talent to bolster their squads, but it is Chelsea who appear ready to make a move if they can offload Luis quickly.
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Luis has previously admitted that he is growing frustrated at his lack of minutes on the pitch, however insisted recently that he's not looking to move.
‘I’m happy at Chelsea. I want to stay at the club until the end of my contract,' he said earlier this month. He added of his relationship with Mourinho: ‘He always asks for everybody to be focused and concentrate in the matches and try to win every game we play,’ Luis added. ‘He always says that to us. He never says anything else.
‘It’s really difficult. We have nine really difficult games. We have to be better than ever but I think we’re prepared to cope with the hard situation that we have.’
However he may change his tune come the summer if Atletico do come back in for him and his fortunes at Chelsea haven't improved.
Luis has been a big disappointment so far but that's not all his fault; the Brazilian hasn't been afforded the opportunity to have an extended run in the team and show what he could do.
If Atletico come back with a bid near the amount Chelsea forked out for him last year, then surely Mourinho would be tempted. If that does happen then Cresswell is a goos alternative; he'll be relatively cheap and wouldn't necessarily be expecting to start right away.