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Filipe Luis to return to Atlético Madrid, maybe on loan, maybe permanently

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After a lengthy talk regarding squad management and building, it seems that José Mourinho's transfer philosophy will be put to proof quite soon. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a deal between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea for Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis is almost done.

Filipe Luis will be back in rojiblanco; deal closed with Chelsea: 3 million fee for a loan with an option to renew it for another year. [...] The Brazilian fullback with Italian origins and passport will be back at [Vicente] Calderón: Wednesday the deal will be made official as medical examinations were scheduled for Thursday.

Source: Gianluca Di Marzio

A €3 million loan fee for Filipe Luis does not make any sense, especially as the player still has a good deal of value on the transfer market. A potential two-year loan deal for Filipe Luis would have the player seeing the remainder of his contract playing for Atlético, with the possibility of him leaving Chelsea for free at the end of the deal, instead of Chelsea cashing in on an unwanted asset as they've done frequently of late. After paying €22 million for his services a year ago, it is hard to believe that they would accept such a deal from the Spanish club.

Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper Marca's report is (surprisingly) more sensible, as they claim that Luis is returning to Atlético Madrid permanently for a transfer fee of €16 million. Either way, it seems that Filipe Luis is on his way out of Stamford Bridge -- and we will need a replacement for him. Hello, Baba...

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