Chelsea look set to turn to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid to replace Ashley Cole this summer with Filipe Luis. The England full-back is leaving Stamford Bridge after eight years at the west London club.
Luis was a key part of the Spanish side’s success in the La Liga and the Champions League last season. He featured against Chelsea in the semi-final of the European competition which Atletico won to book a place in the final in Lisbon to reward Betfair backers.
It has been reported that Luis has a £19.5 million release clause in his contract which Chelsea would not be put off by. The full-back would link up with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who will return to Stamford Bridge following his loan spell in Madrid.
Jose Mourinho will be keen to strengthen the left-back area of his team as he has limited options at the moment. Cesar Azpilicueta prefers playing on the right, while Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt have limited experience of playing with the first-team for the Blues.
Luis was not fortunate enough to make the Brazil squad for the World Cup in his home country, however, he is in the standby squad in case any of the 23 men in the Betfair favourites pick up an injury before the competition gets underway.
The 28-year old moved to Europe in 2005 when he signed for Real Madrid B from Figueirense, before moving on to Deportivo the following year.
Chelsea are also linked with a move for Southampton’s Luke Shaw, who will be at the World Cup for England. Manchester United remain the favourites to sign the 18-year old, however, Chelsea are thought to be monitoring the player.
Shaw has already turned down a move to Manchester City as he was concerned about how much first-team football he would get with the Premier League champions. With Patrice Evra signing a contract extension at Old Trafford, he may prefer a transfer to Chelsea where he would likely be Jose Mourinho’s first choice left-back.
The youngster’s career may not be cleared up until England return from the World Cup. Southampton have accepted they are unlikely to be able to keep hold of their player but will be keen to maximise their return as much as possible.
Manchester United are thought to have made an official bid of £27 million last week. Chelsea would need to have at least match this figure if they want the England international in their squad ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Shaw played 35 games last season for the Saints and with some impressive performances, earned himself a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad ahead of Ashley Cole. He is likely to be England’s first first-choice left-back for many years to come as the national team build towards Euro 2016 in France and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Three Lions are big outsiders in Brazil to lift the trophy behind the hosts and Argentina. Their opener against Italy could be huge in terms of their prospects of progressing into the last 16 and the knockout stages of the competition.