Arsenal Blow As Chelsea Reach ‘Verbal Agreement’ To Sign Diego Costa

By on January 25, 2014

With the January transfer window in full flow clubs are working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, have Chelsea reached a verbal agreement to sign Diego Costa?

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Chelsea appear to have beaten off stiff competition from Arsenal to secure the signing of Atleitco Madrid striker Diego Costa this summer, according to reports in Spain.

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Costa is one of Europe’s most sought-after hitmen after enjoying a stunning season that’s seen him score 23 goals in just 22 appearances to help Atletico Madrid keep pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, as well as firing them into the last 16 of the Champions League.

Reports last week in the Times newspaper suggested that Chelsea were now considered favourites ahead of Arsenal to land the prolific striker after Jose Mourinho had supposedly opened formal talks over his signature.

Well it seems those talks may have come to a happy conclusion with the Metro citing reports coming out of Spain that claim the Blues have now reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to sign Costa at the end of the season.

Spanish broadcaster ‘La Sexta’ are apparently reporting that Chelsea have agreed to meet the 25-year-old’s £32m buy-out clause with Madrid understanding that it’s going to be “impossible” for them to hang onto him after his sensational form this season.

However, the newspaper says there are still question marks over whether the deal could yet include goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – who’s enjoyed two-and-a-half years on loan with Atletico and may find it difficult to displace Petr Cech when he returns to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Some sort of swap deal would certainly make sense, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will agree to it or what Mourinho’s plans are for the 21-year-old Belgian stopper.

While the reports seem to suggest Costa to Chelsea is pretty much a ‘done deal’, until something official is signed there is still hope for the likes of Arsenal. The Gunners are in need of reinforcements up front and Arsene Wenger proved in the summer with the signing of Mesut Ozil that he’s now prepared to pay big-money for the top players, so I wouldn’t discount them just yet.

But Chelsea are rightly considered the favourites because even if Arsenal also come to an agreement with Atletico to pay Costa’s release clause, Chelsea could then decide to use Courtois as bait to sway the deal in their favour.

It’s going to be interesting to see where Costa ends up as his buy-out fee looks something of a bargain when you consider the kind of form he’s in, and he’d be an excellent addition to the Premier League next season if Chelsea or Arsenal manage to lure him to England.

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Would Arsenal and Chelsea fans like to see Costa sign for their club? Share your views below.

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17 Comments

  1. Classic

    January 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Chelsea & Mourinho desperately trying to buy their success again. He knows no other way. He has Lukaku, torres, Ba & Eto’o yet will blow another £40m for another striker because its the only thing he can do.

    Chelsea have 29 PLAYERS on LOAN!!!!
    They buy to prevent others from doing so and their success is as shallow as their ethics.

    • Jeff

      January 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      What about Madrid,bayern,PSG etc…think before you make comment

    • Cliff Peterson

      January 25, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Chelsea sell and buy, nice biz now, good work from Mou

    • Lamido

      January 26, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Classical coward

    • bhouze

      January 26, 2014 at 7:14 am

      You are clearly ignorant and a plain chelsea hate. You mean arsenal trying to sign him are not trying to buy success but chelsea. Take a look @ the chelsea strikers and u wouldn’t need an angel to tell u that they are under firing from the shallow return of goals. Eto’o and Ba are going @ the end of the season and what’s wrong in adding D.costa to torres and lukaku?

  2. Fortunate

    January 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    If this is true, it shows how silly AW is… He’s just a poor rabbit… Shame on you Arsen

  3. Pige

    January 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    If Arsenal pay his release clause then surely the player has a choice to make regardless of whether Chelsea add Courtois. I personally don’t believe Arsenal would bid but the article isn’t well thought out. If Crystal Palace match the release clause they could buy him.

  4. pallas apuakasi

    January 26, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Leave Jose to do what he knows best. A great coach! Costa to Chelsea ‘ll be great.

  5. Michael

    January 26, 2014 at 5:52 am

    It’ s a great opportunity to strengthen our attacking n it is a good deal

  6. akerele akin

    January 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Nice 1 father mour….we all right behind you

  7. SKB

    January 26, 2014 at 6:08 am

    ”’and you ‘Pige’ thinks DC will agree to move to crystal palace even with 400K pounds/week?

    • bhouze

      January 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Yes @ SKB given falcao moving to Monaco who just came from the french relegation

  8. Amah

    January 26, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It wil b a great Deal.
    We,r not 2 poor 2 pay even £50.m 2 Secure Costa 2 cfc.

    But nothin in diz world shud mek u sell or Swap d Future Best GK in d world.
    Ar we goin 2 balance d front den 4get abt d Back?

    Cech shud try other leagues.
    Courtois is our best goal keepa.

    Its either we Increase our bid clause or we 4get it.
    Aguero, Balotelli, Suarez ar der.

    • Rasacg adex

      January 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Amah u ar right gud talk 4rm u

  9. Geofone c ngeny

    January 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Gud work mou keep it up

  10. Kenny Freeborn

    January 27, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Amah i certainly agree wit you

  11. Rasacg adex

    January 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Make moriho shuld nt 4get 2moro bcos of 2day

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