Chelsea have finally announced the signing of striker Diego Costa on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid.
Costa had agreed to join Chelsea before the start of the World Cup, and even had his medical with the club whilst on duty with Spain in Brazil.
The striker joins off the back of a stellar season for Atletico, where he scored 36 goals on route to winning La Liga and reaching the Champions League final. He becomes the club’s second major signing of the summer, joining Spanish team-mate Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.
Costa will link up with his new club next week, and issued a statement following one of this summer’s most dragged out transfer deals.
“I am very happy to sign for Chelsea,” he told the club’s official site.
“Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.”
Costa bolsters manager Jose Mourinho’s attacking options that he so badly needed last season. He will join countryman Fernando Torres and the returning Romelu Lukaku at the club, while Demba Ba does not look likely to stick around in London.
But the Brazilian born forward will without question become Chelsea’s main man up top. Mourinho rarely played with more than one striker at a time last season, preferring to let the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar roam free in behind.
The length of his contract suggests that Costa will form part of a spine for a new-look Chelsea side in the coming years. His Atletico team-mate from the last few years Thibaut Courtois will likely replace Petr Cech in the coming year, with Cesc Fabregas also adding quality to their midfield.
The London club have been linked with promising prospect Raphael Varane at Real Madrid, who should Mourinho chose to invest in, could be the last piece of the puzzle as Chelsea look to once again dominate on all fronts.