Today Chelsea announced that the club have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Spanish international Diego Costa.
The fee is believed to be around £32m and meets the strikers buy-out clause in his Atleti contract. This of course is not a surprise deal with Costa being linked to Chelsea heavily over the past few months and even refusing to deny himself that the clubs had been in contact over his future.
Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions in 2013/14 which is 5 more than Chelsea’s strike force of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba combined. Costa played 35 times in La Liga scoring 27 as he helped lead the Atletico frontline to the Spanish title, their first since 1995/1996.
It is thought the deal for Costa has been done for a while but the finalisation of the deal took time as the player was representing his adopted Spain in the 2014 World Cup. Costa, who is Brazilian by birth, received a negative response from the home crowd after he decided to play for Spain following a lack of call ups for Brazil. However, Spain suffered an embarrassing group stage exit including a 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more of Costa’s Atleti form that helped lead his club to the title and a Champions League final. There were originally doubts as to whether Costa could step up to the mark to replace Falcao who left to join AS Monaco but he did this successively leading to interest from many of Europe’s major clubs.