Spanish newspaper and website Marca has cast doubt over the legitimacy of English reports yesterday that stated Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa had completed his medical over a move to Chelsea.
However, rather than dismiss the idea entirely, Marca suggests that the medical could have happened weeks ago as the Spanish international is currently away preparing for the World Cup.
“Considering Costa is currently away on international duty with Spain, this medical may even have been held several weeks ago,” reports Marca.
Jose Mourinho appears to be very determined to get his man and avoid a lot of hassle after the World Cup by getting a deal done before the tournament starts next week.
Costa has the ideal style and build to lead the current Chelsea attack, giving them a dynamic and physical edge which they lacked on several key occasions last season.
The Blues don’t have a problem triggering the buy-out clause in Costa’s current contract with Atletico but his fitness and conduct a proper examination is a problem with the player away on international duty.
If, as Marca suggests, the medical happened some time ago, then it would have been extremely difficult for Costa to keep that issue quiet.
There have been conflicting reports in the Spanish press, which cast doubt over that possibility such as attempts by Atletico to get him to sign a new contract to stay with Diego Simeone’s team.
It’s not completely impossible that the medical has happened recently as the Guardian suggested yesterday.
Chelsea have club doctors they can send to the USA where Spain are preparing for the World Cup or they could hire American officials to conduct the examination on their behalf.
It would make sense for the Blues to have done the medical weeks ago but we won’t know if the Guardian’s report yesterday was accurate unless an official announcement is made over a deal before Spain’s first game on June 16.