Chelsea ready to make an offer to sign Filipe Luis

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Chelsea are ready to make an offer close to the player's buy-out clause of €24m in order to sign Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis.

This comes courtesy of a report from Spanish publication Marca, who also claim that the player is looking to leave the Vicente Calderon and that the Blues are content to almost double his current salary up to a very comfortable €5 million.

The former of these claims seems to be at total odds with Luis' own quotes on his future, with the Brazilian admitting only this weekend that his current thought was to continue representing Atletico.

Luis has enjoyed a fine 2013/14 campaign for Atletico, with Diego Simeone's side having defied pre-season expectations to triumph over Barcelona to win La Liga and also having advanced to the final of the Champions League.

The 28-year-old - who joined Atletico from Spanish rivals Deportivo back in 2010 - made 32 domestic appearances for Los Rojiblancos during a stellar campaign and provided a solid and dependable option on the left-hand side.

Chelsea look set to have an opening at left-back this summer, with long-serving former England stalwart Ashley Cole having been released by the club after his Stamford Bridge contract expired.

While Cole was first-choice for most of his eight-year stay at Chelsea, last season he notably fell down the pecking order under the returning Jose Mourinho and was often left on the substitute's bench during the latter half of the campaign.

Luis would be an affordable option for Chelsea, although he would likely face a rather tough battle for a starting berth given the impressive and highly trustworthy form displayed by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Although the Spaniard is a natural right-back, the trio of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Gary Cahill are well-established under Mourinho and it seems unlikely that Azpilicueta will be able to force his way into the side in his favourite position.

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