Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid fullback Filipe Luis according to reports.
The 28-year-old Brazilian left-back has reportedly made a move worth £20 million to join Chelsea from Spanish champions Ateltico Madrid. The experienced fullback was integral to the Spanish giants’ La Liga title win and their place in the Champions League Final last term under manager Diego Simeone.
It is thought the Blues have been negotiating with Ateltico Madrid for some time over the proposed fee for Filipe Luis who has spent the last six years of his career in Spain after signing from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 on a permanent deal following a loan spell.
He began his career in his native Brazil with Figueirense and completed a training spell in Holland with Dutch champions Ajax as a youth player. The 6ft0” fullback was not included in Felipe Scolari’s squad for the World Cup in his homeland this summer but was one of seven players placed on standby by the former Blues coach.
Reports on Wednesday suggested the defender had been the subject of an increased £15 million offer from Chelsea with reports now suggesting the fee may be closer to £20 million. He will come in to join Jose Mourinho’s side to compete for a place in the starting line-up with Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta who impressed and improved last term under the returning Portuguese boss.
With the departure of Blues veteran Ashley Cole, Luis will come in to fill the spot in the squad vacated by the 33-year-old who has completed a move to join Italian giants Roma. Filipe Luis represents a more experienced option to 24-year-old Azpilicueta and will come in to join the ranks at Stamford Bridge this summer alongside Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas and his national team colleague striker Diego Costa whom he will know well from the Spanish capital.
Should Luis complete his move to Chelsea, that would take the Blues’ spending so far this summer up to around £82 million, much of which has been financed by the sale of David Luiz.