Following the departure of the recently retired England international Ashley Cole, Chelsea are on the lookout for a new left-back this summer.
Throughout the season, they’ve persisted with natural right-back Cesar Azpilicueta in the left-back slot. However, beyond the Spaniard, Chelsea lack quality depth in that area with the loaned out Ryan Bertrand another option.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, therefore, has a big job on his hands this summer to fill a key area of the team and Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis has been earmarked for the role.
The 28-year-old former Deportivo La Coruña star has been in fine form for the Rojiblancos this season, making 48 appearances in all competitions and helping the club win their first La Liga title since 1996.
As a result of David Luiz’s agreed move to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported £50m, Chelsea will have some extra cash for transfers and The Telegraph reported that the Blues were confident of sealing a £16m deal for Filipe Luis.
When quizzed on his future, however, amid the Chelsea links the Atletico Madrid star told reporters that his only thoughts are with his current club:
“I have a contract for three years and my only thought is to continue here.” He said, quoted by Spanish newspaper AS.
With Luke Shaw expected to opt for Old Trafford, also missing out on Filipe Luis could be a serious blow for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Filipe Luis surprisingly missed out on this summer’s World Cup, with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opting for Real Madrid left-back Marcelo instead.