Everton FC Opinion – Why Everton should sign Filipe Luis from Atletico
Atletico Madrid’s experienced left-back Filipe Luis hasn’t signed a contract extension with the club and his current contract expires in the summer. Hence, the Brazilian will be a free agent once the transfer window reopens.
According to a report in Daily Mail, La Liga giants Barcelona are eyeing up a move for the 33-year-old, as they seek a cover for Jordi Alba. The Catalans view him as a perfect fit to come to the Camp Nou(h/t Mundo Deportivo)
It is also suggested that Italian champions Juventus are also interested in the left-back.
However, here’s why Everton should take centre-stage and sign the Atletico Madrid in the summer window:
Possible replacement for Leighton Baines
At the current point in time, Everton have two options at left-back – Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines. The former was bought last summer from Barcelona and he is slowly taking over the first-choice role from the latter – who is now 34 and reaching the twilight of his career.
Furthermore, the Toffees’ trusted lieutenant for all these years in the past decade hasn’t signed a contract extension yet and is current contract ends in the coming summer.
Hence, in a way, Everton would be required to dip into the market for a new left-back when the window reopens.
The way Digne has performed in his first season in the Premier League, Marco Silva might need someone who can take over the first-choice left-back role. Despite his good attacking play, the former Barcelona man hasn’t been secure at the back.
Getting someone like Filipe Luis would be an absolute mood-lifter in the club. Even though the Brazilian is 33, his performance levels have been on the highest level.
In a recent Champions League game against favourites Juventus, the Atletico put in fantastic shift at left-back.
Hence, if Everton manage to get him by any chance, then they can have someone who can add loads of quality down the left-hand side of their back-line.
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For the Toffees, pushing a move for the 33-year-old makes sense in every way. From the player’s point of view, he might have his mediocre time with Chelsea in mind and be tempted to return to the Premier League and prove the doubters wrong. You never know!