Atletico Madrid seem confined to the idea that Felipe Luis will be a Chelsea player next season.
The Blues seem determined to rip the heart out of Diego Simeone’s side as Jose Mourinho looks to get his team into a position where they can compete for the Premier League and Champions League titles next season.
Atletico have had an offer accepted for Guilherme Siqueira and there are two players who should be very keen for Mourinho to push through a deal for Luis quickly.
The first is Cesar Azpilicueta, arguably Chelsea’s most versatile defender.
The Spaniard was one of the most consistent players in the team last season, which is remarkable considering he was playing predominantly out of position at left-back.
As Felipe Luis is a straight up left-back, it allows Azpilicueta to be released to play in his more natural and favoured position over on the right-hand side, which removes the need for Mourinho to sign a right-back in the transfer window.
That creates a knock on effect for Branislav Ivanovic, the second player who will be keen for the club to complete a move for the Brazilian.
Ivanovic was Mourinho’s primary right-back last season and while he did a fine job as a full-back, it’s not his preferred role.
Luis coming in would provide Ivanovic with the option to switch to right sided centre-back, which would also help the Blues to cope with the loss of David Luiz.
In short, should Gary Cahill or John Terry not be available to take up their normal positions in the middle of the defence, Ivanovic can slot in and Chelsea’s back four will lose nothing in terms of experience.
Chelsea are expected to press on with a deal for Luis, which could cost up to the £20 million mark but Atletico should be much more willing to do business now they have someone to fill the Brazilian’s shoes.