Chelsea Plan To Open Formal Negotiations Over £27m Striker Signing
Chelsea will open formal negotiations at the end of the season to try and tie up a £27m deal for their No.1 transfer target. Find out who the player is here
The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Chelsea are set to ramp up their interest in Diego Costa.
Chelsea will open formal negotiations with Atletico Madrid at the end of the season to try and tie up a £27m deal for Diego Costa after making the striker their No.1 transfer target, according to the Metro.
The Brazilian-born hitman has become one of the most sought-after strikers in European football after an excellent campaign with Atletico that’s seen him already score 29 goals in 38 games to help the club keep pace with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table, while his double against AC Milan on Tuesday saw them through to the last 8 of the Champions League.
Understandably his impressive form has attracted interest from some of the most powerful clubs in Europe with Chelsea among those who’ve been strongly linked with a move for the 25-year-old in recent weeks.
Now the Metro are reporting that the Blues are ready to go ‘all out’ to sign Costa at the end of the season after boss Jose Mourinho informed the Chelsea hierarchy that a world class striker is a priority this summer and the Atletico hitman is his No.1 target.
The newspaper suggests that the west Londoners will open formal talks towards the end of the season where they hope to tie up a £27m deal before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June. Obviously that figure is short of Costa’s buy-out fee, but it’s suggested that Chelsea will hope to use their strong relationship with Atletico to thrash out a deal and will encourage the player to push for a move to also help their cause.
Costa’s stock is rising by the week and a positive showing at this summers World Cup will only heighten the interest shown in the striker, so it would make sense for Chelsea to try and get a deal done as early as possible.
If the Blues are successful in luring the Spanish international to Stamford Bridge, the Premier League leaders would have a fearsome attack with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian all more than capable of supplying the bullets.
However, it remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to get a deal agreed as Atletico are likely to do all they can to hang on to their star man, so Chelsea may have to trigger the players £32m release clause if they want to get their hands on him.
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