New twist in Chelsea’s Diego Costa ‘agreement’ that impacts semi-final clash

Thibaut Coutois

A new report from Spain claims Thibaut Courtois' inclusion in the Champions League semi-final is part of the deal to bring Diego Costa to London.

Reports in Spain last weekend claimed Chelsea had reached an agreement to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa this summer.

And now Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial – who initially published the story – has added to it by claiming the agreement also facilitates Thibaut Courtois’ participation in the Champions League semi-final against Jose Mourinho’s side.

The Belgian goalkeeper is currently on loan at the La Liga club from Chelsea, and there had been doubts over whether or not he would feature against his parent-club.

But the latest claim suggests Chelsea are not only prepared to pay a fee in the region of €60million for the striker, but that they will also allow Courtois to play against them to – in essence – sweeten the deal.

Courtois has shone for Atletico this season, and is now widely regarded as one of the best stoppers in world football.

Speaking to another Spanish publication – AS – the La Liga side’s manager Diego Simeone confirmed that Courtois would feature against the Blues.

“I have no doubt that he will play against Chelsea,” Simeone said. “He also has no doubts. Not a concern.”

Although he went on to say he did not yet know where Courtois would be playing next season.

It will certainly be an interesting turn of events if Courtois’ inclusion in the semi-final is in part due to the impending arrival of Costa, and if both men play their part in robbing Chelsea of a place in the final where Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid could lay in wait.

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