As Mourinho intensifies all available measures to bring in French striker Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, Filipe Luis’ presence at Stamford Bridge nears expiration. The Portuguese Coach plans to exchange the defender for the on-form striker in a deal once the summer transfer window opens. Griezmann has been on explosive form for Atletico this season, netting 22 goals in 33 league appearances. This has made him draw interests from the likes of Arsenal and co.
Meanwhile, It has been the opposite for former Atletico defender Luiz Filipe, who has not been able to reflect his last season’s form that made his arrival at Stamford bridge possible. The left winger hasn’t been able to displace César Azpilicueta, and he is being considered excess. He is likely to be headed back to Vicente Calderon, and Mourinho hopes to swap him, with an additional 43 million pounds for Griezmann. Chelsea has kept an eye on the player for a while, and as they look forward to strengthening their squad, a striker of his calibre has been seen as a perfect fit for the team. His signing might have been possible back in January 2014, but the Blues rather opted for Mohamed Salah, who even isn’t currently with the club.
It was revealed earlier that his buyout clause at Atletico was 24 million pounds, and Chelsea had seen the fees as an opportunity to snatch him away. The forward, whose deal ends in 2020 wasn’t expected to have such a performance in his debut season. He has already set a record of being the French player with most goals in a single La Liga season, surpassing the records set by Zidane, Henry and Benzema. The forward has expressed pleasures to play in the EPL, and his dreams seem to be nearing completion. And with the big contract coming his way, Antoine Griezmann is poised to making the move.