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Blues close in on £20m Atletico Madrid left- back Filipe Luis

Chelsea are closing in on Atletico
Madrid left-back Filipe Luis.
According to the Evening Standard,
the Blues are prepared to offer the
Brazilian a salary of £78,000 per
week to convince him to move to
the club, with manager Jose
Mourinho seeking another left-back
with Ashley Cole set to leave
Stamford Bridge during the
Luis, who played against Chelsea in
Atletico's Champions League semi-
final win last month, has a £19.5m
buy-out clause in his contract.
The Blues have a strong
relationship with the La Liga
champions, having loaned them
goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the
last three seasons and been in
negotiations with them for several
months over £32m striker Diego
Speaking after the Champions
League final defeat by Real Madrid
last weekend, Luis said he was
hoping to see out the remaining
three years on his contract at
Atletico. However, Chelsea’s offer
will double his salary and they are
confident he will change his mind.
With Cole leaving as a free agent,
Chelsea have limited options for the
left-back role. Right-back Cesar
Azpilicueta, who impressed out of
position there last term, will be
handed a contract extension this
summer. Ryan Bertrand and Patrick
van Aanholt have been on loan at
Aston Villa and Vitesse Arnhem
respectively, but the former is set
to be sold and the latter will be
assessed in pre-season training.
Luis is considered to be one of the
best left-backs in Europe, although
his performances were not
considered good enough for him to
be named in Brazil’s World Cup

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