Defender close to Chelsea deal as Mourinho confirms critical signings to come


Ashley Cole is believed to be close to agreeing a new deal with Chelsea which will see the defender remain at Stamford Bridge.

The defender, who is out of contract in the summer, is keen to stay and it is thought that both parties are close on agreeing a one year extension.

While Cole, 33, who has lost his place in the starting lineup this season to Cesar Azpilicueta, is likely to remain at the club it is not thought that will be enough to stop Chelsea reinforcing in the left-back position.

Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis is said to be close to a move to the club in a deal which would also bring Diego Costa to Chelsea.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the game between the two sides on Wednesday night in the Champions League was used by both sides as the perfect opportunity to tie up loose ends regarding a deal for both players.

The price for Filipe is said to be approximately €20m [£16.5m].

Chelsea are also expected to bring goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan with Atletico Madrid, in to their squad for the new season, leaving the Spaniards with at least three main players to be replaced once the transfer window opens in the summer.

Jose Mourinho, in his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s game this weekend, confirmed that the club will be making a couple of critical signings. He said

“The only thing I can say is that the market is closed. Chelsea will be calm and quiet during that period. We are not going to be the noisy team buying and selling and selling and buying.

“We are going to do, I would say, a couple of critical signings. Is a striker a target for us? Yes. We never deny that. Is Diego a good player? He is but he’s an Atletico Madrid player so I can’t say much.”

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Lee Hurley

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