Filipe Luís has arguably been supplanted by Lucas Hernández as Atlético Madrid’s starting left back over the past months. It couldn’t be avoided, really — Filipe fractured his left fibula on a frigid March night in Moscow, and even though he returned inside two months, Atlético won the Europa League without him. The Brazilian found himself named a substitute once more in Wednesday’s Super Cup victory, where Lucas played all 120 minutes after starting each of France’s seven World Cup games.
As such, Cadena SER and El Mundo reported Saturday afternoon that Filipe wants to leave Atlético three years after his return from an unhappy spell at Chelsea. He has in hand a three-year offer from Paris Saint-Germain — Filipe has asked Atleti to accept this offer, according to El Mundo. Atleti have not begun renewal talks with the 33-year-old, his current deal is up next June and SER claim he was upset at not being named a club captain this season.
Like their Spanish counterparts, French teams can make signings through Aug. 31, so there remains plenty of time for Atlético to fix this and convince Filipe to reverse course. If he leaves though, Diego Simeone’s backup left back might be 22-year-old B-team product Roberto Olabe. Jonny Castro cannot return before his loan to Wolves ends next summer.
Update: AS claim Atlético have not been informed officially of PSG’s interest in Filipe, but they may line up Bayern Munich’s Juan Bernat as a replacement nonetheless. Marca expand on El Mundo’s report, and Cadena Cope say the two teams have opened negotiations over a fee.