The Atleti striker looks set to become a Blues player.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that the club are on the verge of signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
It’s been known that the Blues have been interested in the Spain international for some time and that Costa completed a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of the transfer.
The 25-year-old greatly impressed for Atleti last season, scoring 37 goals in all competitions as Diego Simeone’s men won their first La Liga title since 1996 and also reached their first ever Champions League final.
Mourinho meanwhile was disappointed with his strike trio of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres and has now revealed that Costa is likely to be leading the line next term.
“Costa is a player who I want to have in my team,” the 51-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports.
“I’ve asked my club for him and I have total confidence that we’re going to achieve it and he will end up signing for Chelsea.”
It’s thought that the price for the forward will be £32m, which is the release clause written into the Spaniard’s contract.
Costa is currently away with the national team at the 2014 World Cup and was in the starting XI during the 5-1 loss to the Netherlands on Friday.
Mourinho has said that if he had a world-class striker at his disposal then his side would have been able to compete better in the Premier League title race and therefore this new arrival should see the West Londoners looking to finish top next term.
Costa will join Cesc Fabregas on the new arrivals list, who signed from Barcelona last week.
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