Chelsea are set to make a double swoop, costing in the region of £50 million, for Atletico Madrid pair Felipe Luis and Diego Costa, The Telegraph reports.
Costa has been a long-term transfer target of Blues manager Jose Mourinho, according to rumours in the press, and has a buy-out clause of £31.5 million, which Chelsea are willing to meet.
It is thought that the Brazilian-born forward is the option that Mourinho wants to solve his striking problems – with Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all faltering this campaign.
The move will be made all the more encouraging for him if he is to be joined by his current teammate Luis at Stamford Bridge.
Luis, a left-back, is likely to cost Chelsea £16.5 million. The move also throws the future of Ashley Cole into doubt.
The experienced England international has found his chances of first-team football limited this season, with Mourinho often preferring to play Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back.
Cole’s contract with the Blues expires this summer and although it is widely expected that he will sign a year-long extension, this impending transfer could change his mind, as his chances of a starting berth are going to be even more limited.
It could also be good news for Manchester United, who have been widely tipped to be in a battle with Chelsea for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, as they would have a clear path to sign the talented youngster if these reports are true.
Mourinho was able to get first-hand viewing of his potential new duo in last night’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Madrid won the tie 3-1 to knock Chelsea out of Europe and set up a final date with Real Madrid, with Costa scoring the second goal.