We all have been so stuck with Mohamed Salah and Arda Turan off late that we have forgotten about another Brazilian who might be on the verge of leaving the Stamford Bridge!
Filipe Luis joined the Blues at the start of our title winning 2014-15 season but, the fullback has failed to establish himself as a regular in the Jose Mourinho’s side. The Brazilian, who was widely regarded as the best Left-Back in Europe while playing for Diego Simeone, cost us around 16 Million Pounds. With the reputation of being one of the best in the world, everyone expected him to walk into our Ashley Cole shaped void, but alas! Cesar Azpilicueta happened!
Cesar Azpilicueta was magnificent in his unfamiliar role and managed to keep Filipe Luis on the bench for most part of the season. Result? We are already hearing transfer rumors linking Luis to his old club.
According to the Spanish tabloid Football Espana:
“Atletico Madrid have reportedly been told they will have to pay Chelsea €20m to re-sign Filipe Luis. With Atletico’s Arda Turan set to join Barcelona for a fee of around €35, the Rojiblancos would have the funds necessary to sign Luis, should they wish to do so.”
We did sign the fullback for a fee somewhere close to 16 Million pounds, so it is quite reasonable if we demand something around 14 Million Pounds from Atletico. By the way, even Diego Simeone had something to say on this situation, and it’s quite interesting too:
“He is a player who we love as a person and that he also knows us well and has given a lot to the team. I wish [his return] goes through.”
If Simeone is going around saying things like that, it’s pretty obvious there is definitely something in it. If Chelsea do decide to sell the Brazilian to Madrid after just one season, I wonder if there would be a player swoop involved too! If there is, I certainly hope it’s Antoine Griezmann who books a flight to London!
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