Chelsea latest: Blues in for 'next Ozil'? £31m star to talk to Jose? More

Diego Costa

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including having the edge over Arsenal in race for Diego Costa and even rumours of signing 'next Ozil'

"It depends on what [Diego Costa] believes is best for his future," said Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone regarding the immediate future of his lethal striker, an asset who has been perpetually linked with a move away from Vicente Calderon and to, predominantly Chelsea but also Arsenal.

"I will support any decision," he added, as quoted by AS.

From 30 starts in La Liga, Costa has banged in 26 goals and supplied three assists, he takes - on average - 3.3 shots per game, has a pass completion rate of 75%, has completed 54 dribbles and is a bit of a foul magnet - a trait that would benefit any team who have a specialist from dead ball situations. Costa is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £31m.

"It is normal that Chelsea are interested in him," said Simeone. "They have good economic potential. [Samuel] Eto'o is getting older and Diego Costa can do his work, but right now he's ours."

Chelsea take on Sunderland on Saturday, April 19 before a Tuesday trip to Atletico in order to take on the Spanish side in the Champions League semifinals. One of the debating points has been over the playing status of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on the books at the Blues but on loan at Atleti.

Said Simone: "I have no doubt that he will play against Chelsea."

That clears that up then.

Other transfer news also has Arsenal interest. While Chelsea seemingly have the upper hand in any push for Costa, they may well be about to land the 'next Mesut Ozil', as Gazeta Karsi - a Turkish publication - claims Chelsea are willing to pay £13m for the services of Hamburg playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu - coincidentally, a player also desired by Atletico.

Earlier this week, both Chelsea and Arsenal were speculatively linked to Everton wonderkid John Stones, 19.

Reacting to the news his young defender is in demand, Roberto Martinez said, as quoted by The Express: "I haven't heard about [that]. It's a good sign. It's not bad for a young man that is just starting his career. Stones has been phenomenal."

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