Chelsea boss seeking £32m switch for Liverpool target

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants the club's owner - Roman Abramovich - to pay the hefty fee necessary to ensure the club are able to trigger the buyout clause of Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa, according to the Daily Star.

Brazilian-born Costa, who recently appeared to pledge his international future to Spain, has been in tremendous form so far this season as Diego Simeone's men look to upset the established order of La Liga supremos Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old has wowed pundits and fans alike with a series of formidable displays that have included a stunning 10 goals in just nine top-flight games.

His incredible run has seen speculation linking him with a move away from the Vicente Calderon increase, with Premier League title-hopefuls Chelsea and Liverpool believed to be in the running for his signature.

Brendan Rodgers' Reds were believed to be keen on swooping for the former Real Valladolid frontman during the summer, but were ultimately unable to complete any deal.

Given Los Rojiblancos' understandable reluctance to part with undoubtedly their most-prize asset, doubts have persisted that rivals Chelsea would be willing to stump up the extravagant necessary to secure his services.

However, the Daily Star claim that Mourinho wants Abramovich to produce the £32 million that would activate Costa's buyout clause.

Despite Fernando Torres' brace in Tuesday night's impressive 3-0 victory over Bundesliga outfit Schalke at the Veltins-Arena, the Blues' current striking trio of Demba Ba, Torres and Samuel Eto'o have struggled to produce consistent performances in front of goal this season.

With only the veteran Cameroonian having notched for the club in the Premier League so far during 2013/14, Costa would surely provide a considerable and timely boost for Mourinho's ailing attack.

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