President confirms Chelsea striker deal is worth £7m to Portuguese club


A deal for Chelsea to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid could be worth a great deal to SC Braga.

It was reported earlier this month that Chelsea had agreed a deal to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for a whopping fee in the region of £35 million. It would be no surprise to see Chelsea move for the player. They are in desperate need of a striker who, you know, actually scores goals.

Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all been hit and miss this campaign - and mostly miss to be frankly honest.

Costa certainly scores goals. He has 35 goals in 42 appearances this season for Los Colchoneros and would represent a great return - on a player who has seemingly come from nowhere.

And one of the teams that has helped mould the bullish striker will be hoping Chelsea do splash out on his signature.

It has long been rumoured that Portuguese outfit SC Braga, currently seventh in the Primeira Liga, may still own a percentage of the sell-on rights for the Spanish international - who played for the club in 2006 before heading to Atletico Madrid.

That percentage, rumoured to be around 20%, has now been confirmed by the club’s president Antonio Salvador - who told Spanish press AS:

“It is true that we have a percentage of a future transfer."

For Braga that would mean a windfall of around £7 million for a team not exactly swimming in money.

So it is not just Chelsea fans hoping Costa makes the trip to London this summer.

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