£32m goal-machine Chelsea and Arsenal target would win Ballon d'Or if extended - coach

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone believes that Diego Costa would be well in with a shout of winning the Ballon d'Or given his current form.

The incredible season of Diego Costa continued yesterday - as his winning goal against Levante took Los Colchoneros, temporarily, to the top of La Liga.

His goal took his tally for the season to an incredible 23 goals in 20 games and already the vultures are beginning to circle for the man who has slipped effortlessly into the big boots to fill of Radamel Falcao.

Liverpool were after him in the summer - but they have their own free-scoring striker from South America at the moment, who makes the signing of Costa an unnecessary indulgence.

But the most recent interest seems to be coming from Arsenal and Chelsea.

Arsenal seem to have been priced out of a deal - as it becomes clear the Brazilian-Spaniard has a release clause in the region of £32 million.

So this weekend the team that seems to be in the driving seat in the pursuit of this striking sensation is Chelsea.

They need recruitments in the striking department and the price-tag is not going to put off Roman Abramovich.

The fact is Costa has bagged more goals then all of Chelsea’s strikers put together this season - so there is no doubt he would be a welcome addition to the club.

His form this season has unfortunately come too late to see him in the running for the elusive Ballon d’Or award.

That though, according to his manager at Atletico Diego Simeone, is simply a matter of bad timing:

“I have to say Diego Costa had a great game. If the deadline for the Ballon d'Or had been extended, he would be there fighting for it. He showed great responsibility [against Levante] and I hope he gets a bit closer to winning the Ballon d'Or next year. The fans of Atleti should be proud of the passion the players are showing.”


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