Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has authorised a £40 million transfer bid for a centre forward this summer, with Stamford Bridge scouts sent to watch him in action this evening.
Chelsea are readying a £40 million bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, according to the Daily Mail.
Jose Mourinho appears convinced that the
Brazil Spain international is the man to lead the Blues attack next season, and will send scouts to watch Costa in action for Atleti against Granada this evening.
The 25 year-old has been in sensational form all season.
In 28 La Liga matches, Costa has scored 23 times, while in the UEFA Champions League he recently became the first ever man to manage seven goals in his first five matches in Europe’s premier club competition.
Chelsea have collateral with Atletico Madrid ahead of negotiations – the Spanish capital club are keen to sign Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a permanent basis, who has been on loan at Estadio Vicente Calderon for the last three seasons.
Mourinho is keen to re-energise his Chelsea attack, with Fernando Torres proving a disaster since his £50m arrival in January 2011, Demba Ba proving a disaster since he moved in January 2013, and Samuel Eto’o inconsistent and in the latter stages of his career.
Diego Costa could be the answer to the striker conundrum at Stamford Bridge – and solve the one remaining area of weakness in the Chelsea team.