One of the biggest subplots to Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid is Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa and his links to Stamford Bridge.
According to the Spanish press El Confidencial, a recent report said that the Blues have a €60m agreement to sign the striker this summer.
Despite the alleged ground-breaking deal, both clubs have yet to either confirm or decline the report leaving the transfer saga in limbo.
During Chelsea’s battling 0-0 draw in the first leg in the Spanish capital, Chelsea fans reportedly chanted ‘Diego Costa, we’ll see you next year’ followed by Atletico Madrid’s top scorer waving back in response.
Social media quickly suggested that this could be a sign of things to come this summer, but Diego Costa yesterday played down the incident in an interview quoted by the Spanish press AS – suggesting he didn’t understand the chants before reiterating his happiness at the La Liga leaders.
“The truth is I didn’t understand anything. I heard my name and I asked what they were saying. It wasn’t very thoughtful, but I am very happy here.”
The 25-year-old has been in lethal form this season, scoring 34 goals in 39 La Liga and Champions League matches.
Atletico Madrid know that a goal on Wednesday will mean Chelsea will have to win the match to progress to the final, and Diego Costa appears in confident mood.
“I’m not nervous. The game is going to be different, as they have to come forward a little more. We are going to go there in the best shape.”