Filipe Luis secures €16 million return to Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former left-back Filipe Luis from Chelsea, according to the Spanish publication Marca.

Luis only joined the English side last summer from Madrid. However, during his first season at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian defender failed to secure a spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven and has ultimately elected to re-join Atletico Madrid, where he enjoyed domestic and European success from 2010 to 2014.

The defender made 127 appearances and won the Europa League and Copa del Rey as well as the Primera Division title as a member of Diego Simeone’s side.

Just yesterday, Mourinho hinted that Luis could be on his way out of the club – for the right price.

“If Atletico Madrid want him back then they have to pay and we have to discuss the offer,” Mourinho said.

“If he leaves then we have to react and we have to go in the market [to find a replacement].”

The agreement between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid is reportedly for 16 million – that would be 6 million less than the Premier League champions paid for the player last summer.

Once an official announcement is made, Luis will become Atletico’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Luciano Vietto (Villarreal), Yannick Carrasco (Monaco) and Jackson Martinez (Porto).

The La Liga club is also on the verge of completing a deal for Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic, with midfielder Mario Suarez expected to move in the opposite direction.

As for Chelsea, the reigning champions of England are reportedly eyeing Augsburg left-back Abdul Baba Rahman as Luis’ replacement.

 

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