Chelsea latest: Mou plots £40m swoop, Blues shoot hoops, PSG experience questioned

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According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are readying a £40m bid for Atletico Madrid superstar Diego Costa, who has been a crucial player in the club's push for La Liga honours this season with his 23 goals in the Primera Division (31 in all competitions).

Atletico face Granada this evening and it is expected that Chelsea will deploy a number of scouts at the match in order to develop an up-close assessment of the Brazil-born, Spain-defector.

While Costa has been extraordinarily prolific and consistent in the league, he has been even more hungry for goals in the Champions League, scoring seven and assisting one, returning an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or provided every 46 minutes - a statistic directly comparable to the Premier League form of seemingly unstoppable Liverpool asset Luis Suarez.

While Atletico currently brag Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois between their sticks, as the Belgium is on loan there, a swap deal involving the two players will be unlikely, write the Daily Mail, who instead tout Fernando Torres as the likely candidate should Atletico want a player-plus-cash.

Chelsea, meanwhile, continue their Champions League assault - with Paris Saint Germain the next opponents, however, despite the attacking prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, PSG have been put under the microscope by maligned Blue forward Demba Ba, who said Chelsea play a team with a forward line as good as PSGs six or seven times a year thanks to Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez.

Ba told RMC: "Of course PSG's attack is good, but we play in the Premier League. When you play Manchester United, there's Rooney and Van Persie. At City, there's Aguero, Negredo and Silva. We also play Liverpool, who have two great strikers in Sturridge and Suarez.

"Teams like PSG, with an exceptional attack, we play five or six times a season. We're a bit more used to playing this kind of game than PSG. At this level of the competition, experience is very important. Whether it be the coaching or the players, we have that experience.

"Even if Paris are fresher, we have a very experienced team with old hands such as Eto'o and Lampard, who are used to handling this kind of game."

Elsewhere, Chelsea's emerging star, the attacking midfielder Braz-Willian, has indicated he wants to add some striking samba style to the club's final games: "I feel I could score more goals and set up more goals for other people. I am happy with what I have done this season, but I still think I could do more for Chelsea."

And finally, here's an Instagram of Chelsea's players attempting the half-court challenge at Cobham.

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