Un sonriente Diego Costa completó con normalidad el entrenamiento de hoy en el Cerro del Espino pic.twitter.com/pAkl8JPEf6— ATLETI VUELA ALTO (@_1903_ATLETI) abril 16, 2014
According to a recent report in the Spanish press El Confidencial, Chelsea have a €60m agreement to sign Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa.
Since the story came to light, no official word from either club has come to the fore to suggest that the reported agreement is either true or false, despite Diego Simeone throwing his support behind whatever decision his striker makes.
With the two clubs set to meet in the Champions League semi-final, the Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois sub-plots have all but added to the excitement over the upcoming clash.
Chelsea’s renowned striker problems have caused boss Jose Mourinho a major headache all season, and the former Real Madrid boss will know all about potential signing Diego Costa from the times he faced him in the Spanish capital.
But, regardless of the proposed agreement, do Chelsea have what it takes to sign Atletico Madrid’s star player?
After all, his side are currently top of La Liga, into the semi-finals of the Champions League and under current boss Diego Simeone, the sky really is the limit.
One key area in the proposed transfer saga which has been massively overlooked is the player’s happiness in the Spanish capital.
Brazilian-born Costa, 25, recently became a Spanish citizen and represented the Spanish national team in the recent friendly victory over Italy. However, it is not his change in nationality which may see him remain in Madrid, but more the rapport he has with his fellow teammates.
The general consensus amongst the Spanish press is that there is something really special happening at the Vicente Calderon stadium, and it is the staff and players currently in the dressing room which holds it all together.
In a video shown by the Spanish press AS, it followed Diego Costa’s involvement in training after suffering a nasty-looking injury in their last outing against Getafe. During the session, the rapport and friendship which he shares with his club teammates – plus a number of international teammates - is evident.
Would Diego Costa be willing to follow in the footsteps of Radamel Falcao and leave behind such a special group for financial gain?
Whilst the outcome remains to be seen, his apparent enjoyment in the Spanish capital and amongst his teammates should serve as a warning to Jose Mourinho not to put all his eggs in one basket regarding the all-important big money striker signing this summer.