The opinion section of Spanish newspaper As has gone with a report, which suggests exactly why Diego Costa is the perfect number nine for Chelsea and why Diego Simeone will be looking to keep him at Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish international is currently suffering a hamstring problem, which threatens his place at the World Cup this summer, as the Blues circle around him like a beast waiting to pounce on its prey.
Some reports have suggested a deal has already been agreed, some have suggested that Atletico are trying to get him to sign a new contract. There are still several variables up in the air.
However, Alfredo Relano points out, there should be little doubt in Jose Mourinho’s mind that Costa is the man he needs.
“Diego Costa is a great number ‘9’. He’s tough, likely to get involved in the danger area among the crocodiles of the opposing defence, of whom he’s never frightened. He’s as aggressive as the most thuggish defender,” he writes for AS.
A striker willing to fight with crocodiles could lead to Chelsea’s Steven Irwin growing instantly popular with Blues supporters and to him adapting to Premier League football very quickly.
One of the ways that Premier League sides deal with foreign signings which have arrived in a summer is to try and bully them out of a game, using the strength and power of a less skilful defence to put attacking players off their game.
However, as Costa showed in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, he’s not afraid to square up to a club legend or an experienced player, as he did with John Terry.
Mourinho was critical of his attacking options on several occasions last season, with Chelsea’s frontline lacking a real fighter, leader and striker who could get close to Luis Suarez in the goalscoring charts.
Costa’s aggressive and thug-like side is just what Chelsea need but it’s something that Simeone will want to keep him for.
This transfer saga is unlikely to be resolved any time soon, but if the Blues can pull off a deal for the striker then Chelsea fans can start to get very excited about the prospect of silverware next season.