Chelsea have confirmed a deal to sign left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid ahead of the defender agreeing personal terms with the Blues.
Jose Mourinho has been working hard over the summer to get a deal done for a replacement to Ashley Cole, who has left the club and will play his football for Serie A giants Roma next season.
Chelsea’s interest in Luis has been well documented, with several reports in the UK and Spanish press which suggest the interest has existed and talks have been taking place for a long time with various twists and turns reported along the way.
The fee of around £20 million has previously been criticised because of the Brazilian’s age, 28-years-old, which questions the value of the deal as he’s an older player compared to someone like Luke Shaw who the club were previously linked with.
His arrival has several knock on effects for the rest of his teammates, with Cesar Azpilicueta freed up to go and play on the right hand side, his natural side of the defence.
In terms of settling in for Luis, that’s made easier by the fact Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa are already Chelsea players and both likely to feature prominently in Jose Mourinho’s first team next season.
Luis developed a successful relationship with both at Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone’s team secured the La Liga title and also battled their way into the Champions League final against Real Madrid, only to lose in extra time.
The prospect of an attacking relationship with Eden Hazard down the left hand side is also a very exciting one for Chelsea fans and could see the Blues boast the best left sided attacking partnership in the Premier League next season.
Here’s what Chelsea fans have made of the news of a deal on Twitter.
Last season best left back now a Chelsea player. Filipe Luis joins Mourinho.— Hala Madrid-I.K (@HalaMadridIK) July 16, 2014
So Filipe Luis joins Chelsea and Demba Ba leaves. I am actually happy with this. Looks good for Chelsea's future.— leolionhunt (@Ibtehajather) July 16, 2014
Filipe Luis and Diego Costa are so overrated Luis will need replacing in a few seasons— Haydn Cassidy (@Haydn_Cassidy) July 16, 2014
I forecast Filipe Luis will be the best Chelsea player with the initials FL since Frank Lampard.— A Drake [z0la25]CFC (@AllisterDrake) July 16, 2014
Think it's pathetic we buy player like Filipe Luis who's nearly 30. But sell Ashley Cole who's "too old" & don't give Van Aanholt a chance— Nathan Swaby (@NateSwabyPT) July 16, 2014
Great signing Chelsea, quality left back, can do both #FilipeLuis— Lee Webb (@leedwebb10) July 16, 2014