Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £32million move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. But it is their suggested intention for David Luiz that could see them pulling off the best transfer business of the summer.
The Blues are in desperate need of a quality front-man, and considering Costa’s goal-tally this season – 36 with the Champions League final still to come – the Spanish international is certainly that.
It remains to be seen if the La Liga club will pay such an amount – or even close to that. But with Carles Puyol retiring, a new defender is arguably Barca’s top priority, and Luiz certainly fits the bill.
If the Stamford Bridge club can bring in a sizeable cheque for the Brazilian international, they will in essence be selling a player they do not need and distributing those funds to bring in a necessity – a player who could propel them from also-rans to contenders once more, both domestically and in Europe.
With the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Tomas Kalas already on Chelsea’s books, they could afford to lose Luiz, while considerably strengthening the weakest area of their team – the forward-line.
Barcelona may not pay even close to the fee touted for Luiz. But if they do, and if Chelsea complete the signing of Costa as is being suggested, it may just go down as the best one-in-one-out completed all summer.