According to the reports in ESPN FC last night, Diego Costa is all set to join Chelsea this summer. The Atletico forward has reportedly told his teammates that he’ll be joining the Blues in the upcoming transfer window.
The Brazil born Spain striker has been on the radars of Jose Mourinho since the January transfer window but the move could not be completed as the Sporting Director of Atletico Madrid refused to negotiate. But, things have taken a U-turn now; the club and the player are both ready. Recent reports suggest that Chelsea have placed a bid for 32 Million Pounds which meet the buyout clause of Costa. Moreover to attract Costa, Chelsea have also offered him a a very heavy rise in his pay. His wages would be 150,000 pounds per week which is more than thrice his annual wages at Atletico.
Is he the one to solve our #9 problems?
In the previous week, Spanish press claimed that the deal worth 60 Million Euros has already been finalized and SkySports claimed that the signing would be made in June. Diego Simeone, in the past has already clarified that he wont be stopping his star striker from a potential move away from the club.
The major reason behind the fairy-tale success of Atletcio Madrid this season has been Costa’s unbelievable form and hunger for goals. He has scored 27 goals in the LaLiga in 34 games and in the Champions league has 8 to his name. He has shown no mercy to the opposition defenders in the final third. Below is the pitch view of Costa’s goals. (via- Squawka)
Pitch view of Costa’s goals this season.
With Eto’o running out of contract; Ba and Lukaku’s future with the club being unclear, Costa looks to be a great signing. But expecting him to play with the same intensity and consistency in the EPL would be a little too much to ask for. To add to our worry, Costa has just been a one season wonder. He managed to score 10 goals in the LaLiga in 31 games in 2012-13 seasons.
Are we not taking a risk? What do YOU think about Chelsea’s move to sign Costa?