Player will join Blues next summer.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has verbally agreed to join Chelsea in the summer, with the Blues willing to meet his reported £32m release-clause, reports La Sexta.
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The information must be taken with a hefty pinch of salt because the Spanish publication’s source is notorious super-agent Francois Gallardo, who has a reputation for making extravagant and inaccurate claims.
That said, Costa has been linked with the Blues by a variety of respected sources this month, while Arsenal are also thought to be tracking the 25-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in as many appearances for Atletico so far this season.
Chelsea’s experienced attacking trio – Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres – have all failed to consistently impress this season and boss Jose Mourinho is likely to enter the transfer market for a striker in the summer.