Inter Milan and Chelsea have reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Filipe Luís on loan to Milan, with a permanent move to be made in 2016 for a fee around £10million according to express. The Brazilian wing-back has yet to make an impact on the Chelsea first team this season, falling behind Branislav Ivanović and César Azpilicueta in the pecking order. After being purchased from Atlético Madrid last summer, Luís has made only 12 total appearances for José Mourinho this season, netting just one goal and assisting zero. Filipe Luís was expected to play left-back on a consistent basis this season, with César Azpilicueta moving to right, replacing Branislav Ivanović.
Mourinho’s dream when signing Luís was that he would push forward with Eden Hazard on the left wing, with Azpilicueta staying back on the right, but now it is Ivanović pushing forward and scoring goals on the right wing, with Azpilicueta staying back on the left. Ivanović’s timely goals are too valuable for Mourinho to just drop him form the first team, so Luís is the odd man out, sitting on the bench for the majority of this season.
It has been rumored that the Brazilian would be on his way back to Atlético next season, being used in a deal that would bring Koke to Stamford Bridge. Luís doesn’t seem to be unsettled in London, always smiling and playing well when given the opportunity, but the lack of time spent of the pitch would certainly frustrate anyone. A loan deal to Inter would not be the most beneficial deal for Chelsea, as Mourinho wants to raise funds this summer for potential signings of Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala, and Gareth Bale.
Every club in the world could use another full-back, especially one like Luís who can push forward and cause havoc for opposing defenses, and Mourinho should not have any trouble finding a club for Luís this summer. If Inter Milan was to sign Luís for only £10million, they would certainly be getting an amazing player for an extremely low price, considering that Chelsea sold full-back Ryan Bertrand this January for only £10million. If Filipe Luís was to leave, expect the transfer fee to be around £15million.