After a season without winning major silverware, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to shake things up at Stamford Bridge this summer.
A new era beckons, and with that players such as Samuel Eto’o and Ashley Cole have departed the club.
Cole’s departure has left the Blues with the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta or the loaned out Ryan Bertrand as the only recognisable left-backs in their squad.
It is a position which has become priority this summer, and it appears that Mourinho has found the perfect candidate to fill the spot as Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis edges closer to a move to West London.
The 28-year-old Brazilian left-back joined Diego Simeone’s side from Deportivo La Coruna in 2010, and his progress under the Argentine boss has been spectacular.
Over the past four years he has won a host of trophies, including La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Chelsea have reportedly been in contact with the defender over a proposed move to West London, and according to Spanish publication AS, he has already made his decision.
The Spanish paper claims that Luis has rejected Atletico's intentions of convincing him to stay by agreeing to Chelsea’s offer, which would more than double his current wages.
With a €24 million (£19.5m) clause in his contract, Atletico owner Gil Marin said on Wednesday that the only way his players will be sold this summer is if potential suitors match their release clauses.
Chelsea know what they have to do, and they know the price it will take to prise away the talented left-back. The hard part in convincing the player to join is allegedly done, and now it is up to club owner Roman Abramovich to pay up and complete one of the most intriguing deals of the summer.