Premier League - Chelsea strike deal for Atleti star Filipe Luis

Chelsea have clinched a deal to sign Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid.

Premier League - Chelsea strike deal for Atleti star Filipe Luis

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Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis during the UEFA Champions League Final Real Madrid vs Atletico de Madrid

Chelsea on Tuesday announced the capture of striker Diego Costa from the Spanish club and he will be joined by another hero of the Liga-winning side, should Luis satisfactorily complete a medical and agree personal terms.


Reports suggest Chelsea have agreed to pay £20 million for the defender, having spent £32m on Costa.

The club said in a statement: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Filipe Luis. The move is subject to the 28-year-old left-back agreeing personal terms."

Luis, who was not named in Brazil’s World Cup squad but impressed greatly as Atleti won La Liga and reached the final of the Champions League last season, informed the club at the end of the campaign that he wished to leave.

He spent four years at the Vicente Calderon having joined the club from Deportivo La Coruna.

The 28-year-old replaces Ashley Cole in the Chelsea squad following his free transfer move to Roma and is expected to dislodge Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back switched to the left, from the first XI at Stamford Bridge.


Jorge Ordas, Eurosport Spain: "Filipe Luis is a really interesting player. He’s really fast and he likes to attack a lot. You often see him going into the opposite box, but it doesn’t mean he’s a bad defender. He has an amazing physical form and he can run lots of kilometres in every game.

"He has been one of the best left wing-backs in La Liga in the last four to five years. When he was a Deportivo player he suffered a severe injury in his ankle and he couldn’t play for five or six months. Before that incident a lot of big teams in Europe were looking him but he decided to sign for Atletico and recover.

"He played for four years with Atletico and he was a fans' favourite, although that will change that after this transfer. He’s a good team-mate and I think he will be very useful for Chelsea."

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