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Chelsea made late bid to sign £14.7m Benfica star to solve problem position

Blues in last-ditch move for Benfica ace.

Chelsea reportedly made a late move to sign Benfica defender Luisao, before deciding instead to sign Papy Djilobodji from Nantes in a cheaper deal.

The Blues, who have struggled defensively this season, showed late interest in Benfica’s 34-year-old stalwart, who had a release clause of £14.7m with the Portuguese giants.

Still, Jose Mourinho was keen to bring in someone on the cheap after failing in a big-money bid for Everton youngster John Stones, who is likely to be on the club’s agenda again in the January transfer window.

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According to O Jogo, Luisao could have been the player brought in by Chelsea, but his club were not keen to let him go this summer.

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