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Chelsea close in onAtletico trio

Chelsea are close to a completing
three deals with Atletico Madrid
worth £51 million to sign Diego
Costa, Filipe Luis and Tiago.
Negotiations on a £32m deal for
striker Costa is close to completion,
according to The Times , while the
club are also willing to meet the
£19m buyout clause in Luis's
And Tiago, the 33-year-old who
played under Jose Mourinho at
Chelsea in the title-winning season
of 2004-05, is available on a free
transfer when his contract expires
next month.
Mourinho has made no secret of his
desire to bolster his forward line,
with Samuel Eto'o released and
£50m flop Fernando Torres looking to
be on his way out of Stamford
A need for a left-back is a more
recent problem for the Chelsea
manager, following Ashley Cole's
announcement that he is to leave
the club after eight years.
Cesar Azpilicueta spent a lot of last
season filling in for Cole, but
Mourinho sees the Spaniard as his
long-term right-back and his search
for a left-footed defender has seen
him linked heavily with Luis, Sevilla's
Alberto Moreno and Southampton's
highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw .
Luis said following Atletico's
Champions League final defeat to
Real Madrid that he was happy to
stay in the Spanish capital.
However, his head may be turned by
Chelsea, who are reportedly
prepared to double the Brazilian's
wages to £80,000 a week and
confident of agreeing terms ahead of
the World Cup.
Another player moving from the
Vicente Calderon to west London
could be goalkeeper Thibaut
Courtois. The Belgian goalkeeper has
had a fruitful three years on loan at
Atletico, winning the Europa League,
European Super Cup and Copa del
Rey before last week's final-day
clinching of the La Liga title.
But despite Courtois' concern,
Mourinho has reportedly made it
clear he wants the stopper back as
his first choice between the sticks -
throwing into doubt Petr Cech's
future at the club.
If Chelsea are to get hold of
Atletico's top stars, chief executive
Miguel Angel Gil Marin says they
must pay the full asking price and
will not get them on the cheap.

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