Chelsea are willing to sell Filipe Luis this summer, with Atletico Madrid keen on luring the Brazil international back to the Spanish capital.
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According to the Express, Jose Mourinho could allow the Brazil international to make a return to the Estadio Vicente Calderon this summer – but only if his valuation of £14m is met.
Diego Simeone has previously expressed his interest in re-signing Filipe Luis [via the Daily Star], and the Argentine manager has again spoken of his hope that a return deal is agreed.
“He’s a player we’re very fond of and he knows us well and gave so much to the team,” Simeone said, as quoted by the Express.
“I hope this one comes off.”
The defender signed a three-year contract with the Premier League champions only last summer in a deal worth a reported £15.8m [via BBC Sport]. However, with Cesar Azpilicueta set to continue as the Blues’ first-choice at left-back, the 29-year-old may already be wishing to turn his back on Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta made 29 starts in in the Premier League for the Blues last season – compared to Filipe Luis’s nine – and recorded an impressive average of 3.1 tackles per-game in England’s top flight.
Chelsea have been linked with FC Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba, according to The Guardian, and the 20-year-old could be a potential replacement to Atleti target Filipe Luis – though they may face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City, the British newspaper suggest.