Atletico Madrid were dealt a huge blow yesterday as striker Diego Costa had to come off after just 15 minutes against Barcelona as he pulled up with an obvious hamstring injury.
Not only will this have a huge impact on their chances to complete a historic double this week, but it could also have impact his rumoured transfer to Chelsea this summer. It could mean that Jose Mourinho’s focus to set to return to Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.
Diego Costa crying after coming of with a hamstring injury, it could turn out to be his last game for Atletico. pic.twitter.com/kZqrP3rXIY— Transfer Swoop (@SwoopTransfer) May 17, 2014
It seemed like every week there was another rumour linking Cavani to a move to London this summer, but that all died away when the stories emerged that a deal for Costa had all but been completed. Cavani was no longer a Chelsea target, apparently leaving him to Manchester United.
The chances of the Uruguayan leaving Paris are still slim. He is not exactly unhappy in the French capital: it is more that he wants assurances that he will have more of a central role to play next season alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
If Costa’s injury is bad it could mean that he misses out on the World Cup this summer and perhaps leads Chelsea back to Cavani. They will want a striker that is able to enjoy a full pre-season with the club, and one that is ready to go come the start of next season’s Premier League.
Mourinho is a very persuasive man, and if he gets the chance to talk to Cavani there is a very good chance he could convince the striker that his place at Chelsea would be exactly what the striker was looking for. He could be Chelsea’s number 9. He could be the fans favourite and it would help him return to being one of the best strikers in Europe.
As good as his season in France has been, he has not quite hit the heights that he did at Napoli, and as long as Ibrahimovic is playing in Paris, it will always be known as Zlatan’s team.
It would still take an offer of around €65million to even get PSG to talk to Chelsea. However the latest Financial Fair Play sanctions mean the French side need to generate some income if they want to spend big. Losing Cavani and bringing in some home-grown talent could be the way forward for the Parisians.