Pochettino hopes to profit from Blues’ indecisiveness over Atletico Madrid star.
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to kick-start his club’s summer transfer activity by beating Chelsea to the signing of Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis, according to reports from talkSPORT.
Luis enjoyed a fine season for Atletico last summer as the club won a stunning La Liga title and came within seconds of clinching the Champions League against rivals Real Madrid, but he looks likely to become the latest player to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer.
Pochettino is believed to be keen on improving his options in the left back position, with inconsistent youngster Danny Rose and unwanted former Queens Park Rangers loanee Benoit Assou-Ekotto being his only options there currently.
With Ashley Cole having left on a free transfer to join Serie A side AS Roma, Chelsea are also keen to bring in a new left back, but their much-mooted move for Luis could now be in jeopardy due to the intervention of Spurs.
Neither club have yet met the player’s £19 million buyout clause, which Diego Simeone’s club seem to be holding out for, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is suggested to have offered a player-plus-cash deal for Luis that may trump what Chelsea previously had on the table.