Atletico Madrid have announced today that Filipe Luis is set to sign for Chelsea, pending a medical with the London club.
The left-back, who was instrumental in Atleti’s title win last year, follows Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge, who tied up the deal for the striker only yesterday.
A statement of the official Atleti website read “Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of Filipe Luis.”
“Filipe had indicated to us at the end of last season that he wanted to join Chelsea this summer.”
The deal is reportedly around €25 million and ends the Brazilian’s four year stay at the Vicente Calderon. Luis leaves us with two Super Cup, Copa, Liga and Europa League winning medals.
Luis was signed for €13m from Deportivo la Coruna on the 23rd of July 2010 and on his full debut set up a goal for none other than now Chelsea teammate Diego Costa against Real Zaragoza.
He initially had trouble establishing himself as he had to play second fiddle to Antonio Lopez. When the latter eventually moved on he became an undeniable starter and he truly flourished under the guidance of current coach Diego Simeone.
Luis made 49 appearances last season scoring 1 goal. His ability to effectively contribute in attacking moves and at the same time be more than capable in defence attracted many coaches attention.
Despite this he could not attract the attention of his national team’s coach Felipe Scolari who decided to leave our former number 3 at home this summer, instead of taking him to the 2014 World Cup.
Luis’ departure will be sorely missed as he has developed into arguably the best left back in the world.
His role in one of the best defences in Europe last term will be hard to replace and Siqueira will have a job on his hands. Not only were his skills on the pitch loved by Atleti fans, but also his professionalism off it.
His work rate and desire characterised what it means to wear the red and white of Atletico de Madrid.
Many players that leave our club are met with scorn and criticism but I feel we are united in wishing Filipe Luis the best with this new journey in his career.