Chelsea to swoop for Europe’s hottest striker – but do they need him?

Atletico Madrid

The west London outfit have been linked with a £35 million January move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.

Chelsea are being linked with a January bid for in-form Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, with a January bid of £35 million being touted in the mainstream British press.

The 25-year-old was a summer target for Liverpool, who were thought to have been close to landing the Brazil-born forward.

However, Costa opted to remain at the Vicente Calderon, and has seen his decision justified by being the main man in attack for Diego Simeone’s side, replacing Radamel Falcao.

Costa has been lethal this term, outscoring the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to hit the back of the net ten times in La Liga. He has also scored twice in the Champions League, and has been a key reason that Atletico have won every game bar one this term in all competitions.

Such is his form, Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque is keen to explore options to bring the Atletico man into the national set-up in his adopted country, which he qualifies for through residency.

With Costa’s current form, it is only natural that the likes of Chelsea will be linked with a move for him – but would signing the striker be a good move by Jose Mourinho’s men?

Ironically, whether Chelsea make a move for Costa or not could well depend on a former Atletico Madrid striker.

Fernando Torres looks like the most accomplished of Mourinho’s three options in attack currently, and netted twice against Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The former Liverpool man has looked much sharper over the last month than at any time in the recent memory, and seems destined to get a run of games in the Blues’ starting XI in the near future.

If Torres continues to play well and can start to score in the Premier League, Mourinho may well deem that there is no need to splurge on Costa’s signing.

With Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba also at his disposal for one striking berth in the team, Mourinho is not short of options.

Meanwhile, with Romelu Lukaku on loan at Everton and already hitting four goals in four games, in the long-term Chelsea already have a player ready to be their 20-goal-a-season man.

Costa’s acquisition could well be a masterstroke or a needless nightmare. If he came to the club and got the goals to win the Premier League, Mourinho would be deemed a genius. However, if he took time to fit into his new surrounds, by the summer the Blues may have no need for him.

Plenty of strikers have found adjusting to Stamford Bridge difficult in the past – just ask former Atletico hero Fernando Torres.

Chelsea fans – do you want Costa in January?

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