Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months, with reports suggesting that a deal is close.
With a reported release-clause of £32million in his contract, Atletico Madrid find themselves in a sticky situation and unless they can convince the 25-year-old to pen a new deal, Chelsea know they are in pole position to land the striker.
Asked whether he had heard any updates on Costa’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge, Atleti teammate Diego Godin admitted he is in the dark before telling reporters that he does not want him to go.
“Has Diego Costa gone? I don’t know. I haven’t seen anything, but I hope he doesn’t go. We all hope that Atletico Madrid do everything possible to retain him,” he said, quoted by Spanish publication Marca.
The Atletico striker has become such a key figure for Los Rojiblancos under boss Diego Simeone, symbolising the team in both style and attitude.
He would be a massive loss, but his strength, power and prowess in front of goal are all traits that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho craves and the proposition of spearheading the West London outfit into a new era might be an offer too tempting to turn down.
In 52 appearances in all competitions last season, Costa netted 36 goals, helping the Madrid-based outfit win La Liga ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid for the first time since 1996.