Chelsea star tops Atletico Madrid transfer wish-list as Jose Mourinho closes in on replacement

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Stamford Bridge full-back linked with Vicente Calderon return.

Atletico Madrid are keen on re-signing Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis, according to Spanish source Marca.

The 29-year-old Brazilian has barely had a look-in since moving to Stamford Bridge last summer with Jose Mourinho steadfastly sticking with first-choice starter Cesar Azpilicueta.

Vicente Calderon boss Diego Simeone is on the look-out for a new left-sided defender according to the Marca, with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal among possible alternatives, but the Argentine manager is not willing to fork out the €20m (£15.8m) fee that Chelsea have demanded.

Filipe Luis played a key role in helping Atletico Madrid to secure a surprise La Liga title in 2013/14, and was also influential during the club’s run to the Champions League final in the same season. As such, the wiry full-back can not be happy with his subsequent bit-part role at Chelsea.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho also raided Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa, whilst also ushering back keeper Thibaut Courtois from his three year spell in the Spanish capital, and as such there should be a decent relationship between the two clubs.

Luis spent four seasons at Atletico Madrid, making 190 appearances in that period, but managed just nine Premier League starts in 2013/14.

His lack of action isn’t a huge surprise given the consistency displayed by Azpilicueta, the Spanish international having made the left-back berth his own despite the fact that prior to his move to Chelsea the former Marseille man had been chiefly used as a right-back.

Further evidence pointing to a Filipe Luis departure can be found in Chelsea’s pursuit of Augsburg and Ghana left-back Abdul Rahman Baba. The Metro have reported that a deal is close, and the 20-year-old would surely make his Brazilian counterpart something of an irrelevant figure at Stamford Bridge.

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