The crucial factor determining Diego Costa's Chelsea transfer

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea are strongly linked with signing Diego Costa, so what needs to happen for the deal to go through?

All the chips are in place for Diego Costa to sign for Chelsea. A reported release clause, a higher wage packet, and the player sharing an agent with Jose Mourinho.

It's been widely reported that Chelsea have submitted an offer for Costa, while Diego Simeone has previously admitted he cannot stop the striker if he wants to go.

And that's the crucial point. Costa has not yet told Atletico one way or another, definitively at least, whether he wants to move to the Premier League challengers.

Spanish newspaper AS confirm the obvious point that Atletico would prefer to keep their top scorer.

Yet their plans depend on Costa's, "Atletico wait for the player to publicly state his intention."

While they are tying up the signing of young Argentine Angel Correa, the paper adds that if Costa decides to move, Atletico have two Colombian strikers in their crosshairs, neither being former hero Falcao.

On their radar are Sevilla's Carlos Bacca, a revelation this season, and Porto's Jackson Martinez, a rumoured target for Arsenal.

Costa now has a fortnight off to concentrate on getting fit for the World Cup, but from a club perspective, his next words are eagerly anticipated.

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