Chelsea Close In On €97m Deal With Formal Talks Due This Week

By on April 16, 2014

As we approach the business end of the season clubs are starting to make plans for the summer transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Chelsea are closing in on Diego Costa.

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Chelsea are ready to meet Diego Costa’s €39m buy out clause and pay the Atletico Madrid striker a whopping €225,000-a-week in order to make him their marquee signing this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring in a world class front man after complaining of his lack of ‘real strikers’ this season, despite having Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba on the books at Stamford Bridge.

A number of players have been touted as potential new signings but the Telegraph claim that the Portuguese coach has made Costa his first choice target and is now prepared to trigger the players €39m (£32m) release clause at the end of the season.

The Brazilian-born hitman has been enjoying his best ever season at the Vicente Calderon, with his 36 goals in all competitions helping Atletico to the top of the La Liga table and book a place in the Champions League last four – where coincidentally they will now face Chelsea.

However, despite Atletico’s significant progress this season, the newspaper suggests that the Blues are confident they can make him their big-name signing this summer and will tempt the 25-year-old with a five year deal with a weekly wage of €225,000 (£185,000), making him the joint highest earner along with Eden Hazard.

If they are successful in luring him to West London, the deal will cost Chelsea a staggering €97m (£80m) overall when you factor in the €39m transfer fee and wages that will total €58m over the course of his five-year contract.

The Telegraph claim that officials from Chelsea are due to hold talks with Atletico Madrid this week ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final first leg where the signing of Costa will be firmly on the agenda.

Atletico manager, Diego Simeone, admitted earlier this week that he wouldn’t stand in Costa’s way if he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge and hinted at a possible swap deal involving Fernando Torres.

“It will depend on him [Costa] and what he thinks is the best for his future,”

“I will support any decision he makes. It’s natural that Chelsea are interested in him. That makes me happy, because my aim and that of my coaching staff is to see our players improve.

“We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going. It was like Radamel Falcao, how could I tell him not to go to Monaco?

“Samuel Eto’o has made Chelsea better. He is getting older and Diego Costa could do his thing there, but for now he is ours.

“He has room for improvement. He’s rebellious and I like that and he’s something different. Hopefully his development won’t end. Right now he’s among the candidates for the Ballon d’Or.

“Fernando is always with us, obviously I have sent messages to him, he is very happy with everything that is happening to this team, he is always present, wishing us luck. Of course he would love to come back to the club he grew up in and where he was very happy.” Simeone is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

Mourinho wants a world class striker, Costa is available at a reasonable price and Atletico wont stand in his way, so appears everything is pretty-much in place for Costa to join Chelsea this summer, other than the player actually agreeing to the move.

His reported £32m buy-out clause now looks like a bargain when you consider his form this season and the Spanish international would form a devastating attack alongside Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian next year if the moves ends up going through.

If Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League title and make the semi-final’s of the Champions League (at least) without a ‘real’ striker, imagine what they could do with Costa spearheading their attack….

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47 Comments

  1. Gabriel Herald

    April 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Costa z fantastic for chelsea,we are wellcome him

  2. Arinze Collins

    April 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Costa is the best.Lakuku should not sell,give him another loan yr then bring him back for future 9.JM try buy a very good left shot.Keep Etoo for another 1 yr to supporting Costa.Up Chelsea Blues 4 Life.

  3. Comrade Heryourbammy

    April 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Plz JM bring in Diego Costa, Ezekeule Lavezzi, Luka Modric, John Stone. Releace Torres, Mikel, Moses,

  4. Collins Arinze

    April 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Costa u are highly welcome to one family Chelsea.JM,pls keep Etoo or u buy another striker to make it three.Lakuku should give another 1 yr loan then later he will join Chelsea fully.Couatis will come back from Athetico and join Cech.one more good left & right shooting.Sell flop players & keep the good ones.Up Chelsea!!!!!!!!

  5. Lahai Patrick Bockarie

    April 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Thank u jm for thinking of dc, he is a great goal puncher he scores from all angles and he is physically fit. jm get him by all cost.

  6. bluedavid

    April 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Coasta wil score plenti of goals 4dblusss! comcosta!

  7. david

    April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Coaster is welcome but I feel Dem ba should also stay. He’s Chelsea’s good luck.

  8. SAM NEWTON

    April 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I think Coastal is a very good stricker but you need to keep Etoo as a backer.

  9. Magic Finger

    April 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I feel so happy each time i heard of Diego Costa. coming to Chelsea. because he is a complete goal machine that we need right now. We Chelsea Fans will welcome Costa with our 2 arms. But we should sale Torres and Lukaku give S.Eto,o one more year. and allow Demba Ba to stay. So that as soon as Eto,o one season Expire Costa and Ba will be Blues Permanent strikers, Up Chelsea, Up R. Abraham Movich and Up Jose Mourinho.

  10. Archibong E. Ekpenyong

    April 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Diego Costa, you will be highly welcome in Stamford Bridge after you might have pen-down an astonishing deal in the coming transfer wimdow. The blues family are anxiously waiting for your arrival. We need you badly!!!

  11. Archibong E. Ekpenyong

    April 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Also, if Diego Costa finally makes the deal to come to Stamford Bridge in exchange of Thibault Courtious, no problem. All what the Blues family need is an experience striker like Diego, that can score multiple goals in quick intersection. We don’t need slow sluggish striker that we have presently. Also, we need a goal machine that have the high pace like Gareth Bale in Real Madrid Fc.

  12. dearborn chanda

    April 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    diego costa is ideal and keep demba ba and eto’o as potential back ups for the blues.torres must go for good.what kind of a striker who can be suppased by the new comer samuel eto’o? get wel soon eden hazard.

  13. dearborn chanda

    April 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    thibaurt cortouis must stay at chelsea as cech is ageing so that we do not suffer when cech retires.he is a very good goal minder,succesor of petr cech.we,the blues fans would like to welcome diego costa to stamford bridge,the home of jose morinho the self styled special one,the incredible one.its double this season.go chelsea go!

  14. Emmydon279

    April 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    diego costa u are welcome to cfc ad want eto 2 be given anoda yr and ba, lukaku. Up blues, up jm

  15. salami tajudeen emiola

    April 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I love diego c. he will be perfect addition to our striking forces. you are highly welcome in advance to the blues family.

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