Chelsea in swap-deal talks with Atletico Madrid for Koke

Premier League champions Chelsea will try to tempt Atletico Madrid into selling Spain international midfielder Koke by offering cash plus former Rojiblanco left-back Filipe Luis, the Daily Express has claimed.

Luis was part of the Atletico side that claimed the Spanish title last season, forming Diego Simeone’s regular back four with right-back Juanfran and centre-backs Diego Godin and Miranda. The Brazilian followed Diego Costa from the Vicente Calderon to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014 but has struggled to have the same impact as the striker, making only a handful of appearances.

Koke signed a new contract with Atletico in 2014 and it contains a clause that would allow him to leave for a fee of £44m, but Chelsea hope that including Luis in the deal would see the price drop to closer to £30m.

Chelsea director of football Michael Emenalo has been in Spain to watch Koke and further space in the squad would be cleared by allowing John Obi Mikel to depart, with Real Madrid a mooted destination.

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has also been mentioned as a summer target as Mourinho seeks to bolster his squad for a dual assault on the Premier League and the Champions League, and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green could be drafted in as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, should Petr Cech move on.

Chelsea have claimed the title with three games to go, sealing the silverware with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Atletico are jostling Sevilla and Valencia for third place in La Liga, with Barcelona and Madrid out in front.

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