The transfer saga regarding Chelsea and Atletico Madrid duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luis has gone cold in recent weeks, much to the alleged surprise of the Spanish club.
The Blues managed to secure a deal for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas before the World Cup kicked off, yet despite Chelsea’s reported interest in Luis and Costa stretching back months, it is claimed no fee has yet been agreed.
In Luis’s case, the player is said to have already decided to leave Los Colchoneros after turning down their offer of a possible wage hike and is said to have accepted Chelsea’s proposal.
According to the Spanish publication Marca, the Stamford Bridge offer is in the region of €5million-a-year in wages; an offer deemed too good to turn down.
Atletico Madrid have since appeared to accept that left-back Luis’s future lies away from the club, and they have not held back in bring in a replacement - signing Guilherme Siquiera for a reported €10million fee from Granada.
Four weeks after the initial story broke over Luis’ agreement to join Chelsea, the 28-year-old however, still remains in the Spanish capital.
The La Liga winners have openly admitted that their players are free to leave if they wish, only on the condition that potential suitors match their corresponding release clauses. Chelsea, though, have yet to match Luis’s €24million clause, leaving both the player and the club in the dark.
One possibility could be that Chelsea don’t believe Luis is worth €24million, or another could be that Jose Mourinho’s side were holding out to see whether they could sign Manchester United’s new star Luke Shaw.
Either way, the situation has reportedly got Atletico Madrid worrying, as the last thing Diego Simeone and his team will want is uncertainty over the future when the squad reunite for pre-season training.