Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues for the majority of the second half of the season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to add a new striker to his ranks, and the Brazilian-born goalscorer appears to be the perfect fit.
He is strong, powerful, fast, with good movement and an eye for goal – the perfect traits that Chelsea once had in Didier Drogba and ones which in the eyes of Mourinho haven’t been seen at Stamford Bridge since.
The Spanish press El Confidencial published a €60million agreement between the two clubs as early as April, though such a price now appears unlikely due to Diego Costa’s reported £32million release clause.
Whilst Atletico Madrid have openly admitted that their players are free to leave should potential suitors activate the players’ release clauses, the difficult part in Chelsea’s case is convincing Diego Costa to move to West London.
The 25-year-old appears settled in the Spanish capital, and the rapport he shares with his teammates and boss Diego Simeone would be difficult to replace.
Nevertheless, according to the Spanish press AS, Diego Costa responded to questions over his future after Spain’s 2-0 victory over El Salvador. When asked whether he could be playing for Chelsea next season, he said: “Well, it looks like it.”
Diego Costa scored 36 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last season, helping the club win La Liga ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as reach the Champions League final.
With Cesc Fabregas all-but set to sign and left-back Filipe Luis reportedly close to a move, times couldn’t be more exciting for Chelsea than this summer.