Filipe Luis close to Chelsea with medical lined up

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to sign his third high profile player this summer as Filipe Luis is set to undergo a medical.

The Daily Express reports that Chelsea have agreed to meet the left-back's £20m release clause, freeing him to join the Stamford Bridge club after a protracted pursuit.

After attempting to pressure Atletico Madrid into selling him, Luis has reportedly been dispatched to train with the B team as punishment. He wants to link up with striker Diego Costa, who left the Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

Deal done?

Chelsea had been locked in negotiations with Atletico Madrid over a fee, with Chelsea keen to pay no more than £16m and Atletico adamant they would receive Luis's full release clause.

And it looks like Chelsea have buckled, as Mourinho looks to get his transfer business sorted early. He needs a replacement for the departed Ashley Cole, who has since signed for Roma in Serie A.

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Mourinho plans

Cesar Azpiliceuta played much of last season at left-back but Mourinho intends to shift him back to his preferred position on the opposite side of the pitch.

Luis, 28, has always been Chelsea's top target, even though Mourinho briefly considered a move for Sporting Lisbon defender and Liverpool transfer target Marcos Rojo.

The report goes on to claim that Chelsea will complete a deal for Luis before the end of July, once the Brazilian international has had his medical in west London.


Chelsea have also been mentioned as suitors for Juventus star Paul Pogba, and central midfield could be the next area Mourinho targets for strengthening once Luis is confirmed. Frank Lampard has left Stamford Bridge, while John Obi Mikel is expected to follow.

Ramires has also been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid, so there could be plenty of activity yet.

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