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Atletico Madrid sign new left-back, Filipe Luis to Chelsea imminent?

Atletico Madrid have officially signed Guilherme Siquiera, a deal which may push Filipe Luis closer to Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid haven’t dwelled on their recent Champions League defeat for long, as they have boosted their squad with new signings.

Former Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya recently signed for €3 million as a replacement for the departing Thibaut Courtois, and Los Rojiblancos have just finalised the signing of Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siquiera for a reported €10m.

The former Granada star is delighted at making the move, and his arrival certainly appears to spell the end of current left-back Filipe Luis’ stay in the Spanish capital.

'I’m very happy, it’s a challenge coming here to the La Liga champions. I haven’t signed to be a substitute for anybody', he said, quoted by the Spanish press AS.

Siquiera's attitude will delight the supporters at the Vicente Calderon, and it may also please those at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea bid to sign Luis.

The Blues have identified the 28-year-old as the perfect replacement for Ashley Cole, and their efforts were given a huge boost when the Brazilian international admitted that he wanted to leave the club.

The Spanish press ran a report last week that suggested that Luis had already accepted an offer from Chelsea, but the two clubs have yet to strike an agreement over the transfer fee.

Atletico have taken their stance, and their owner Gil Marin has publicly stated that any player wanting to leave can do so as long as the buying club pay the full release clause.

Chelsea know that Luis has a release clause of £19.5m, and should they tie up a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona over the next couple of days, then the deal to bring the former Deportivo La Coruna star to West London could follow shortly after.

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