José Mourinho is out to build a new-look Chelsea team for the 2014/15 season – using the spine of Atlético Madrid. The Premier League outfit are preparing a 100-million-euro deal to take Diego Godín, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge.
Full-back Filipe Luis has resolved to leave for London and, unless talked around by Atlético boss Diego Simeone, his future is decided. Meanwhile, defender Godín has attracted the interest of several big clubs, with Chelsea looking to strengthen their defence. The pair would be joined by Costa, with Blues manager Mourinho a keen admirer of the Brazilian-born Spain international.
The 100-million-euro offer being readied by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would approximately meet the players’ combined release clauses. Filipe’s buy-out is 24 million, Godín’s is set at a similar figure and Costa’s is around 50.
In addition, Mourinho is looking to add a veteran leader to his dressing room such as Tiago, who is out of contract at Atlético this summer. The 33-year-old, who enjoyed a season-long spell at the west London club under Mourinho’s management earlier in his career, is a close friend of Costa and would be able to help the striker adapt to life in the UK capital.
The midfielder would fill the leadership void left by the New York City-bound Frank Lampard, but must still choose whether to accept the offer of a move to England or Abu Dhabi.
The troop of Rojiblancos heading for Chelsea would be rounded off by the return of Thibaut Courtois. Atlético are pessimistic over the Belgian goalkeeper staying at the Vicente Calderón, but are still negotiating with the 2012 Champions League winners in a bid to hold on to the 22-year-old. Atleti are not losing hope and are not giving him up for lost.