Felipe Luis has reportedly been sent to train with the Atletico Madrid youth team as a direct consequence of having put in a transfer request, according to this article in Monday’s Evening Standard. Luis, a Brazilian international, had been heavily linked with Chelsea after it became clear that club legend Ashley Cole would be departing the club, and may have used a transfer request as a way of forcing a move to the West London outfit.
Luis, who turns 29 in August, was an integral part of Atletico Madrid’s historic title-winning season last year, and has a buyout clause that is believed to be just under £20m. Despite his obvious quality, Chelsea have up to this point seemed unwilling to pay a high price for a defender so close to 30, but that stance may have changed. According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have had a £16m bid accepted by the Spanish side, a figure also reported two days ago by journalist Duncan Castles. For a player pushing 30, the figure seems high; but the move could pay off if the experienced Brazilian can immediately reproduce last season’s title-winning form.
Jose Mourinho has already publicly stated that he wants [Chelsea] to finish first next season, and adding a world-class defender like Felipe Luis could go a long way toward ensuring the Chelsea defense remains the best in the Premier League for a second consecutive year.
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