A report on Marca has suggested that Chelsea’s proposed deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is far from being done.
The £32 million rated Spanish international is reportedly set for a move to Stamford Bridge, but the Spanish outlet has suggested that Atletico Madrid officials are actually trying to extend the player’s contract.
“In fact, behind the scenes at the Calderón they are trying to extend his contract with the club, offering him a significant pay rise, as well as increasing the sum of his release clause,” reports Marca.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants a new, high profile centre forward in at the club following his comments criticising Chelsea’s strike force throughout last season.
Needless to say that if Atletico get Costa to sign a new deal, it makes a Chelsea transfer more difficult even if it’s just a token gesture.
We won’t know more until after the Champions League final because Costa has rightly been unwilling to discuss his future while there is still a lot at stake for the club.
Should Atletico win La Liga this weekend and then complete a Champions League double, his Spanish owners are only going to double their efforts to try and keep him.
Any move away seems to be entirely dependant on his desire to leave because Costa’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2018.
That suggests that this report of a renewal is a gesture from Atletico to make it clear that he’s staying, thus bypassing a summer of big bids and trying to dodge a transfer until the summer window officially closes.
“It is true that the Blues are interested in signing him. It is also true that his agent is dying to close the deal. But claims that the clubs have reached an agreement and the player has given it his blessing are a long way from the truth,” adds the report.
Costa is seemingly the perfect striker for Chelsea; big, bags of pace, strong and versatile across the front line. It’s for those very reasons that Atletico will be keen to keep him, especially if they have an extremely successful season.