London - Chelsea have reached a deal to sign Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid
subject to the defender agreeing personal terms with the Premier League
Luis impressed as Atletico won the Spanish title and reached
the Champions League final last season and the Brazilian left-back is
likely to fill the void left by Ashley Cole's move to Roma.
statement published on Chelsea's official website read: "Chelsea
Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico
Madrid for the transfer of Filipe Luis."
The 28-year-old is poised
to become Chelsea's second signing from Atletico in the last 24 hours
after Spain striker Diego Costa completed his move to Stamford Bridge on
Luis is reported to have cost 20 million ($34 million) after Chelsea agreed to pay the buy-out clause in his contract.
statement on Atletico's website added: "Atletico Madrid and Chelsea
have reached an agreement to transfer the rights of Filipe Luis, pending
a medical with the English club.
"The Brazilian player had told our club at the end of the campaign his willingness to join the London side."
boss Jose Mourinho got a close look at Luis when Atletico knocked
Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-finals last season.
dynamic displays convinced Mourinho he was the ideal candidate to solve
the left-back dilemma which has troubled him since Cole fell out of
favour last season.
With Mourinho believing Cole was no longer
playing well enough to start on a regular basis, he was forced to use
Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back by trade, out of position at left-back.
with Chelsea finishing last season without a trophy, Mourinho is
determined to avoid a repeat of that make-shift situation and he moved
quickly to tie up a deal for the Brazilian.
Luis joined Atletico
from Deportiva La Coruna in 2010 and has made 98 appearances in all
competitions for the Madrid side, winning the Europa League in 2012 and
the Copa del Rey in 2013 before last season's title triumph.
He has four Brazil caps and was placed on Luiz Felipe Scolari's standby list for the 2014 World Cup.