Atletico president admits he is powerless to stop Diego Costa moving to Chelsea

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told the press that he is powerless to stop Diego Costa moving to Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, with a number of reports hinting that a deal between the clubs has already been reached

The La Liga club's president Enrique Cerezo, however, has denied that Diego Costa has a deal to join the Blues and reminded the Spanish press that his contract at the Vicente Calderon stadium still has years left on it.

“Up until now, there is little of nothing. He is an Atletico Madrid player and he has a contract here for more years.” He said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.

Cerezo did admit, however, that he is powerless to stop the Brazilian-born striker leaving should Chelsea activate his reported £32million release clause, and that the situation is expected to be resolved after the World Cup.

“After the World Cup we will see if something happens. If someone wants to take him, we can’t do anything about it. They should come with the money of his release clause.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho openly vented his frustration at the club’s current strikers during spells last season, and it became apparent that a new top class striker was going to be a priority this summer.

Diego Costa had been sounded out as a result of his playing style and win at all costs attitude, and after his stunning campaign with Los Rojiblancos where he netted 36 goals in 52 appearances, he appears to be the perfect fit for Mourinho and the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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