Chelsea to meet €24m clause and double the salary of Cole replacement - report

Vicente Calderon

Spanish paper Marca are reporting that The Blues are set to meet the clause of Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

This summer Chelsea need to bring in a striker. That area of the pitch has been well documented as a problem area for some time now, and the decision not to move for a top class centre forward last summer now looks a poor one from Jose Mourinho.

This summer the same mistake will not be made - with Chelsea set to solve the striking issue with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

But could they raid the La Liga champions to solve another big issue?

The club are set to release Ashley Cole and have been playing Cesar Azpilicueta out of position at left-back for the majority of the campaign. Which is where Brazilian international Filipe Luis comes into the frame. The Atletico full-back has had an excellent campaign this season and will obviously be a name that comes up when Chelsea discuss potential Cole replacements.

And according to Marca they are ready to make a move for the player. The 28-year-old has a release clause in his current deal set at about €24 million and they are apparently set to meet that price in order to get their man.

The report claims that Chelsea will also offer him a yearly salary of €5 million - doubling his current wage in the Spanish capital.

For Chelsea it is a stunning amount of money for a player who turns 29 this year, and clearly highlights how highly he is rated by Jose Mourinho that he is said willing to splash a sizeable amount of his transfer budget on his signature.

Earlier this week Luis spoke about his future, insisting that Chelsea had not crossed his mind and that he wanted to 'continue' with Los Colchoneros.

But with the reported salary on offer at this point in his career he might just have a rethink if this deal really does go ahead.

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