Reports suggest Chelsea are closing in on the big money signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
Costa has been linked strongly with a Stamford Bridge switch for the last couple of months, with sources in Spain suggesting that a deal had already been agreed for his transfer.
A possible reason has emerged as to why Chelsea may not have been more open over their pursuit of the Spanish international and it relates to the injury, which saw him taken off after nine minutes of the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
“Jose Mourinho's move for the Spain international is virtually complete, but has been held up by the striker's hamstring injury,” reports the Mail.
“Personal terms with Costa have already been agreed, but his hamstring complaint has delayed the player's Stamford Bridge medical.”
Such is the size of this deal, it would have been ridiculous for the Blues to entertain ideas of pushing it through in the knowledge that Costa was carrying a muscle problem.
It would have reduced their chances of getting a deal done quickly before the World Cup starts, which is what Jose Mourinho seems to be angling for.
A failed medical pushes the whole process back because Costa would then need further time to recover from the problem, before taking another medical, which would be impossible this close to the tournament in Brazil.
That shouldn’t be a surprise because if Costa stars for Spain, his price won’t change as he’s got a buy-out clause, but the interest and competition to sign him could increase dramatically.
That increases the risk that another side could make him a better personal offer or address any reservations he has over leaving La Liga football.
Mourinho has made it quite clear that he wants a new striker heading into next season and with Costa’s hamstring problem more resolved and his muscle a little stronger, the chances that he’ll fail his medical at Stamford Bridge are slim.