Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, with reports earlier this month claiming they were willing to pay his £32million release-clause.
But more recently, talk has been of a swap-deal involving Costa and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – something Portuguese side Braga may be hoping is just another whisper in an increasingly gossip-heavy rumour-mill.
According to writer Tom Kundert, Braga are entitled to 20% of any sell-on fee for the striker who began his career in Portugal, prior to a €1.5million move to Atletico.
Braga praying rumours of potential €40m Diego Costa transfer to Chelsea are true. Braga entitled to 20%, €8m, half their annual budget!— Tom Kundert (@Portu_Goal) January 29, 2014
So a straight cash deal of £32million would see Braga pocket £6.4million. But what if the deal becomes more complicated and Courtois is thrown into the mix?
It is unlikely the deal would be a straight swap; unless Chelsea believe Courtois is worthy of what would be just shy of a world-record fee for a goalkeeper (just £600,000 short of what Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon).
But whatever the difference, it will be considerably less than what Braga would hope to collect if Chelsea pay in cash.
In short it comes down to how much the Blues need a quality striker compared with how much they need two quality ‘keepers. And I think we all know the answer to that one…
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