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Atletico Madrid ready to set £41m price tag for Chelsea linked striker

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

Brazilian-born Diego Costa is a striker in-demand, and with his form – is it really surprising?

The 25-year-old striker has really come into his own this season following the departure of former teammate Radamel Falcao.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone used Diego Costa as Falcao’s strike-partner last season, with the Brazilian pulling out wide to allow the current Monaco star the space to work his magic through the middle. This season however, Diego Costa is the focal point of Atletico Madrid’s attack.

Diego Costa has excelled with his new responsibility, scoring an impressive 21 goals in 24 La Liga starts, helping the Rojiblancos keep pace with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the table.

As a result of Diego Costa’s phenomenal form, he has become a transfer target for Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as interest from city-rivals Real Madrid. It has been reported that the striker has a £32m release clause – a figure which Chelsea would deem as cheap - yet Atletico are desperate for that to change.

According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid have firm plans to extend Diego Costa’s deal, and in the process giving Chelsea a new and improved asking price of £41m.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is desperate for a new striker, as he recently admitted on a French TV program that he has no strikers – despite assuring that it was said it jest – suggesting that he is not happy with current strike force at the club.

Diego Costa’s current contract expires in 2018, therefore the principal motive behind tying him down to a new deal is to increase his release clause and to receive more money when he inevitably leaves the club.

Would his presumed new release clause affect Chelsea’s decision to buy him? It is extremely unlikely, and a big money move for the coveted striker only seems to be drawing closer and closer.

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