Marca hasn’t been at all complimentary about the stories in the British press from yesterday, which suggested that Chelsea had finally agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa.
The Spanish international has been on the radar of the West London club for much of the season, but the Spanish newspaper doesn’t believe a deal is imminent suggesting the player is far too busy to focus on a move to Stamford Bridge.
“Atlético Madrid had barely had time to fasten their seat belts on the plane bringing them back from London before the rumour mill went into overdrive in the British press,” writes Marca’s reporter.
“He is far too busy concentrating on winning the two titles ahead to worry about all the rumours that follow him around wherever he plays.”
A deal isn’t impossible, but the general trend from the Spanish report is that it’s not imminent.
Diego Simeone is not naïve enough to let one of his best players take their eye off the ball at a crucial stage of the season where a domestic and European double is very much possible for the Spanish side.
It would be extremely unprofessional on Atletico’s part to sort out a transfer before the end of the season, because there is so much at stake.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he’s not at all happy with the attacking options he has in terms of strikers and it’s obvious the Blues need a centre forward this summer.
Do Chelsea miss out by waiting until the end of the season? Not at all.
Any competition they meet at the end of the campaign in their attempts to sign Costa are likely to be the same sides that have already been competing against the Blues. There’s no advantage to be held now or in the summer by any side trying to sign him.
“It is no secret that the player's agent, Jorge Mendes, has received calls about the Brazilian, but for now, Diego is only interested in Atlético, La Liga and the Champions League. That's what floats his boat,” adds the report.
For Chelsea to make sure they get their man, they need to be talking with the player directly. Marca suggests that isn’t possible at the moment because he’s simply too busy trying to create history with his current club.