Is Filipe Luis heading back to his old club? That’s the million dollar question, as far as Chelsea are concerned. Amongst the Pedro and Salah hype, what everybody forgets is, Filipe Luis is an integral part of our side and if he decides to leave, we have to enter the market, again, just like last year, and we know how difficult it is to find a quality defender!
The Brazilian fullback was one of the top players in his position at Atletico Madrid before he opted to move to the Bridge last season. However, the 29-year-old was unable to displace Cesar Azpilicueta from the starting spot which probably lead to frustration over the move.
After Petr Cech, we already know what happens when two top players fight for a single spot. The other one eventually decides to leave because he realizes he is just too good to sit on the bench when he can start for just about any other club on the planet. The same thing seems to be happening to Luis.
Here’s a statement from Atletico President Enrique Cerezo:
“There are negotiations in place, but I don’t know how fruitful they will be.
“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.”
Source – BBC
Loosely translated, Atletico Madrid wants Luis back and they are probably trying to negotiate a deal with Chelsea over the Brazilian. But, what does it means for Chelsea?
We lose a perfectly capable replacement/backup for Cesar Azpilicueta! With Nathan Ake set to go out on loan, we don’t really have a backup option for the Left-Back positions if the need arises.
What we can do is block this transfer but if Luis insists, we will have to enter the market for a new Left-Back. Baba Rahman has been on our radar for quite some time now and maybe he is the answer to Luis’ void?
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