Filipe Luis could soon find himself joined at Stamford Bridge by Atletico Madrid team-mate and fellow Chelsea target Koke.
The 22 year-old has set La Liga alight this season as the Mattress Makers’ staged a surprise coup for the Spanish title, claiming six goals and thirteen assists in 36 league outings.
Capable of adopting virtually any role in the middle of the park – he’s been used in five different midfield capacities at Vincente Calderon this season – whilst boasting a mixture of industriousness, mobility and quality on the ball, the eight-cap Spain international would certainly be an impressive addition to Blues’ roster.
He comes with a rather steep €60million release clause, but having already been labelled as Xavi’s successor for La Roja by the Barcelona playmaker himself, evidence thus far suggests Koke is worth every penny.
Most importantly for Chelsea, the versatile playmaker has flourished under Diego Simeone at Atletico, a manager who shares Jose Mourinho’s counter-attacking philosophy.