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Atletico Madrid confirm they are in talks for Filipe Luis

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed that he has opened talks with Chelsea over a potential deal for full-back Filipe Luis.

The Brazilian arrived at Chelsea from the Vicente Calderon last summer in a deal worth around £15.8 million. However he failed to settle in west London and managed just 26 appearances in all competitions last season after falling behind Cesar Azpilicueta in the pecking order.

Luis has been linked with a return to Spain and the club with which he won La Liga and the Europa League for some time now, and Cerezo is confident that a deal can be done.

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"There are negotiations in place but I don't know how fruitful they will be," he revealed. "We would be delighted if he comes back and I think that in the end, we will find a solution.

"As always, the financial aspect takes precedence over the sentimental aspect but I believe a deal can be reached."

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Earlier on today the Mirror went one step further and claimed that Chelsea and Altetico Madrid have already agreed a fee for the defender, and that the transfer will be completed shortly, with the player set to be unveiled next week.

Chelsea appear to have already lined up Luis' replacement in FC Augsburg full-back Abdul Baba Rahman. 

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According to reports the Blues have registered an interest in the 20-year-old who shone in the Bundesliga last season, and are confident that they can move quickly to seal a deal if Luis does indeed leave.

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It's a shame to see Luis leaving the Premier League without getting a fair crack of the whip, but Mourinho is ruthless when he has to be and has clearly struck again.

The Special One regularly heaped praise on Azpilicueta last season and declared last year that an XI made up entirely of the Spanish international would waltz to the league title.

Competition is tough at the top and Luis will know that he can return to Atletico and slot right into a title-challenging outfit. It seems as though this move is in everyone's best interests.

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