Chelsea Eye Defender Swap With Atletico Madrid
Premier League champions Chelsea are planning to recruit the veteran Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin to an already rock solid defence. The Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the 29-year-old defender and is keen to attain his services.
It is believed that the Uruguayan is seen as a replacement for the legendary Chelsea captain John Terry because of the vast experience he’ll bring to the club, should he choose to switch Estadio Vincente Calderon with Stamford Bridge.
Hailed as the best centre-back in the world by former Juventus man Paolo Montero, Godin is said to be valued at £18m and is the prima donna of the Atletico defense. He played a significant role for the Rojiblancos in their title-winning 2013-14 season as they outwitted the two Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona to clinch the La Liga for the first time since 1996.
Godin, who is currently on national duty with Uruguay at the Copa America in Chile, is also on the target list of Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. However, it is understood that the former Villarreal man would prefer a move to the English Capital in case he decides to leave Spain.
Reports also suggest that the Pensioners are willing to offer left back Filipe Luis as bait to lure the defender to the Bridge. Luis, who was bought from Atletico last year for a reported transfer fee of £15.8m, could see himself in the white and red stripes again after failing to hold down the regular first team spot for the blues. That is all if and when this move for the Uruguan defender materializes.
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Edited By: Ojas