Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea to make sure they sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer.
The Portuguese coach has made it clear he wants to base the club’s attack around the Spanish international next season, with the transfer saga surrounding his move to Chelsea stretching back for months.
Mourinho believes that a deal is possible and has told Spanish newspaper Marca that he’s urged the club to conclude a deal for the forward.
“Costa is a player I want in my team. I've asked the club to bring him in and I am extremely confident that we are going to get him and he'll end up signing for Chelsea,” he’s quoted by the Spanish publication.
Chelsea’s attack next season is starting to look of potential title winning standard.
A deal for Cesc Fabregas has been wrapped up and if the West Londoners can prevent a move from Paris Saint-Germain for Eden Hazard ahead of next season, they have a core of three attacking players who will form the spine of a very strong side.
Chelsea could boast a starting eleven which includes Hazard, Fabregas and Costa all rotating in attack and the boss deserves a great deal of praise for getting transfer business done quickly.
Although Spain flopped in their World Cup opener against the Netherlands, Costa still has the potential to power the Spanish through to the last 16 over their last two group games.
While a deal hasn’t been concluded, it’s clear that Mourinho has urged Chelsea to put the framework of a transfer in place to bypass the potential of a frenzy to sign Costa following the World Cup in Brazil.
The reason Mourinho seems so insistent on making sure that Chelsea sign Costa relates back to his striker problems from last season.
The boss was very public with his criticism over his available strikers, lamenting not having someone of Costa’s type to grab the team by the scruff of the neck and dominate in the same way Luis Suarez has done at Liverpool.
Chelsea also have the attacking talent of Willian to benefit from as well as the consistency of Ramires. If Mourinho can sign Costa and prevent any of his key attacking stars from leaving, Chelsea look a very good bet for the Premier League title and potentially the Champions League.