Diego Costa : Chelsea bound ?

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According to reports Chelsea have agreed a £32m deal with Atletico Madrid for their striker Diego Costa.

The worst kept secret in football now looks to be heading for a positive conclusion for the west London side. Costa has been linked with a move to Chelsea all season as Jose Mourinho searched for a new striker after missing out on number one target Wayne Rooney last summer.

Jose Mourinho confirmed after Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season, a 2-1 win at Cardiff City, that he was keen to make his biggest splash into the summer transfer market as soon as possible.

The rumours are that the deal for Diego Costa will not be formally announced until after Athletico’s next two games in which he is facing a battle to be fit for after sustaining a hamstring injury at the weekend.

Those two big games see Atletico travel to Barcelona on Saturday in a title decider and seven days later they take on city rivals Real in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

Chelsea finished the season in third place, four points behind Manchester City and two behind Liverpool, but their goalscoring return has been used as a reason by many pundits this season as the reason why they did not win a trophy.

It is not difficult when you compare the amount of goals that they scored which was 71 goals,  to 102 for Champions Manchester City and Liverpool who scored 101. Chelsea also had only player to register double figures and that was attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, who scored 14.

It is unclear who will leave the bridge in the event of Costa’s arrival but Fernando Torres has been linked with a return to Spain and Athletico is the team he supports so he may end up as part of the deal.

One player whose future looks set to be away from the bridge by the arrival of Costa is striker Romelu Lukaku. The young Belgian has spent the season on-loan at Everton where he scored 16 goals but does not appear to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans.  Should Lukaku be surplus to requirements then Everton will head the queue to secure his signature on a permanent basis.

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