Filipe Luis in Koke deal

Filipe Luis in Koke deal

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis will be part of a £30 million swap deal for Athletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

The Brazilian defender joined the Blues from Athletico last summer for £13.2 million, but has failed to cement a first team place as he has faced stern competition from Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back position.

And, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho stating that he is already planning for next season, reports from the Daily Express state that Spanish international Koke is top of Mourinho’s wishlist as he targets Champions League success.

23-year old Koke, who is a key player in Diego Simone’s side making 46 appearances in all competitions this season, has a £44 million release clause in his current contract. However, if Filipe Luis went the other way, that sum would be reduced to a much more advertising £30 million.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo travelled to Spain to watch Koke last week, and the club have been keeping a close eye on the player for months. Initial talks have already begun.

The speculation comes at a time when Real Madrid reportedly contacted Chelsea over a deal for Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel in the last few weeks.

This would mean Mourinho would be able to accommodate Koke in his squad, should a deal go through.