Agent of Chelsea target says Atletico refusing to sell star

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Chelsea are looking to the Madrid club for a number of targets this summer, but it looks as if at least one player transfer may be unlikely.

Make no mistake about it, Ashley Cole's boots are some pretty big footwear to fill.

With the England and Blues legend having played his last game for Chelsea, there have been a whole clutch of top left backs linked to Stamford Bridge in order to replace a man many have regarded as the best fullback in the world for the last decade or so.

Disregarding the fact that Cesar Azpilicueta's performances since snatching Cole's position have more than justified his selection ahead of the former Arsenal player, Chelsea seem set on adding at least one more specialised top class left back to their squad.

One player that has been linked more strongly than most over the last few weeks is Atletico Madrid's Brazilian Filipe Luiz.

The 28-year-old more than played his part in his side's rise to La Liga champions and Champions League finalists, and can count himself unlucky at missing out on a spot in the Brazilian national team for this summer's World Cup.

But before Chelsea fans get excited about the prospect of pinching ANOTHER Atletico star, the player's agent has claimed the Spanish club are refusing to sanction the sale of Luiz.

"The interest is there, but Atletico will not sell," Garcia Quilon said.

"They are determined to keep much of the block for next season. We’ll see what is happening with different players, but the intention is not to sell to anyone."

It's understandable too, with Atletico looking like they are about to become the Southampton of Spain in terms of top squad departures. If rumours are to be believed, as many as FOUR Atletico first teamers are due to be plying their trade at Stamford Bridge next year, with Thibaut Courtois returning from his loan, and Diego Costa, Tiago and Luiz all heavily linked with a switch.

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