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23 goals, 22 appearances – Chelsea open transfer talks with £32m Arsenal Target

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Chelsea have opened preliminary discussions with Atletico Madrid to make striker Diego Costa their principal summer signing.

According to The Times, Chelsea are firm favourites to sign the 25-year-old, who is also a reported target of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Diego Costa1 23 goals, 22 appearances   Chelsea open transfer talks with £32m Arsenal Target

However, the deal could see Chelsea parting ways with young Thibaut Courtois, their outstanding 21-year-old goalkeeper, joining the Spanish club on a permanent basis after three seasons on loan.

Chelsea have a good working relationship with Atletico, as a result of their dealings over Courtois, but the bid could be strongly helped by Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who also represent Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The Blues had shown interest in Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, but The Times reports that Mourinho is determined that Costa, who has scored 23 goals in 22 appearances for Atletico this season, should be the main transfer target.

The player has a £32 million “buy-out clause” on his contract but with no bids expected from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City, the size of the transfer fee could drop down, should the talented Courtois be used as a makeweight, which will also help the Blues to meet with the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play criteria.

Under no circumstances, Chelsea can expect Costa arriving in the January transfer window. Atletico are genuine contenders for the title and also competing in the Champions League knock out stages, but Mourinho is keen to land him in the summer, as the Portuguese remains unconvinced by the efforts of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba this season.

It is certain that one of them (may be more than one) will have to make way for Costa. The question is – what will happen to the future of Romelu Lukaku – and it remains to be seen, whether he at all belongs to Mourinho’s plans for next season.

Comments (28)

  1. Diego is gud no doubt about it ,so Wenger do everything possible 2 lure him straight 2 Emirate stadium at d of d summer, when transfer re open.

  2. In my opinion more than costa we need courtois cos He is very young well exprienced & forgive me but I don’t believe in our current goalkeepers.
    Tks

  3. costa is a wonderful player but that those not mean we will sell our best keeper. I dnt know but I prefer balletoli from milan than costa.

  4. courtois will be the best keeper in the world by the next 2 to 3 years so we wont sell him. Jose should sell mata to A.madrid since they are also interested in mata in order to get costa.

  5. Mario is physically strong than Costa and he has an Experience of EPL, If you can ask me to vote Balotelli’s the best and vote can directly go to him

  6. if chels can sign costa it wil be a plus 4 us, but we should not let go of our keeper

  7. buying him out of contract will b okay than including Cech successor.
    it a big step by Jose.

  8. Send Torres back to Atletico. Time to go home Fernando!

  9. Olivier, we all know of his attitude on d field of play n dis is d same EPL he left months ago all in d name of his behaviour toward officials n managers n his team mate..
    same happened during d regime of Jose at inter.

  10. Yes we need Diego Costa at the bridge even if Torres remain

  11. chelsea should let go torres, eto’o and ba. diego costa and lukaku should come in, schurlle can also play upfront

    • I agree with u,there is no need to kp them.They’re doing nothing only earning to much money.I dn’t knw why chelsea dn’t play schurle upfront.

  12. costa to chelsea will be good but i hope it will not be like the case of torres from liverpool

  13. it’s not possible to send torres back. Tores can stil stay 50m can stil perform better

  14. Yea I prefer super Mario,he’s strong, he knows about the league n he suits Chelsea but the problem is his character,we(Chelsea) don’t players Who receives red cards always and will bring disorder to the team

  15. Atletico do not like selling play to chelsea but they like buying chel player or on loan, costa is a fine player but chelsea should not sell our future keeper, chelsea should think of this keeper all tema want to have,pls cfc fans no is no.

  16. we dnt hv prblm in our stricking position, torres is enough

  17. I prefer chelsea givin piazon nd lukaku chance nxt season dan wastin money to buy costa,dis boyz are really tryin to prove themselves.chelsea suld give dem playin tym

  18. @ Sunny Blue:Jose shld offload ba nd eto to get diego a woderful striker wit young age added to Torres nd lukaku which we perform beta next season,bt selling courtious to atletico is nt idealic.

  19. WHY MUST WE LOOSE OUR YOUNG ND FUTURE WORLD BEST KEEPER BECAUSE OF COAST CFC WAKE UP UNA DON FALL MUGU TOO MUCH. THIS MATIC’s OWN WILL BE A LEASN. WHY NOT GIVE LUKAKU,PIAZON,PATRICK BENFORD,we don’t need to buy free weak once bring fresh leggs frm on loan player .

  20. Costa yes, but cutouis going no!! We need him in future than costa.

  21. No doubt in the guy is young talented best striker in the world. Play 22 appearence back 23 goals. Pls Mourinho get him straight to stamford bridge.

  22. costa is agreat striker with powerful team work up frote bt i need courtois back 2chelsea CECH is getin old or give dem mata insetend of killing him in bench every match i like mata so much i wnt 2c him in d world cup cme june up CHELSEA welcme back home MATIC

  23. i think Diago costa is a fantastic player i think i will love to see him wearing the blue Jessey. i suggest that should not be part of t he deal b cos ls cech’s successor.

  24. Yeah, nice idea to buy Costa; but NEVER at the expense of Courtois who’s Chelsea’s goalkeeping future. Also, very interesting the idea of releasing all three of our present dud ‘strikers’ and trying Piazon upfront, with him as 3rd choice striker/inside-forward behind Costa and Lukaku 1st and 2nd respectively. Very interesting; I’m lovin’ these prospects ;)

  25. Chelsea really have got a great scouting network. Basically, wait and see who Arsenal scout; if it then looks like Arsenal may be serious, buy the player. Costa, Mata, Mikel, Hazard etc etc etc etc. Of course if you fail that way then just do an Ashley Cole and go and tap them up illgally and bung UEFA so as to avoid punishment. Shit club, no class, no history. Corrupt or what?!

  26. chelsea should sign diego costa without let go of our future keeper, it will be a big mistake if chelsea sells courtois in a bid 2 bring in costa…. Costa’s a good place, Ba cn go now then Eto should live @ the end of the season…. Up chelsea!!

  27. In my own opinion,we should not sell our future keeper to atlectico Madrid,if they want to sell coasta for us fine,the keeper that we but,that he never keep for us in a single match,chelsea management or who ever in charge don’t let go of our future keeper go oooo.peter cech is going toward is ending of is carrier we need courtious to take over from him.If we need stricker let call lukaku and piason back and let shurrie support them,that is my own candid view on the issue.