In the latest Chelsea transfer news, Atletico Madrid striker gets Real Madrid legend's stamp of approval ahead of Blues switch.
A former striker at Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, Hugo Sanchez, now 55, "identifies" with Spain international Diego Costa, a goal-scorer on the cusp of a high-profile and protracted transfer from the Vicente Calderon side to Chelsea.
Physical striker Costa, 25, attracted weekly headlines throughout the season due to his prolific touch - he netted 35 times from 44 La Liga and Champions League games, providing a further four assists - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once every 90.4 minutes on average.
As well as his obvious ability inside the penalty box, Costa also found himself under the media spotlight due to his continuous scuffles with opponents - he gave away 77 fouls, received a cautionary booking nine times, was labelled an animal by Arsene Wenger but seemingly receives a pass as the reason he plays with aggression is because, like Luis Suarez, he is desperate to win.
"I like Diego Costa because of his character and his personality," said Sanchez, Real Madrid's sixth highest goal-scorer in their entire history, to MARCA. "He is an assertive and aggressive attacker, and alarms both defenders and keepers. I identify with him in many ways"
With a current market value of £30 million, Costa recently explained that a Chelsea switch is "something that is going to happen."