Chelsea have opened talks with Arsenal and Manchester United target Diego Costa, with a view to making him their marque summer signing, according to the Times.
The newspaper claims that the Blues have began preliminary negotiations with the 25-year-old forward as Jose Mourinho looks to continue his planned refurbishment of the Chelsea squad.
The high-flying Atletico hit-man has been in unbelievable form this year, having managed to bag 23 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions already. As such he has alerted numerous European giants, but the general consensus is that if he is to leave his club it will be in the summer rather than this month.
Valued at a mooted £32million, the speculation concerning Costa’s future has hit fever pitch in recent weeks, with Atletico repeatedly insisting that he will not be sold if they can at all help it.
The Times also suggest that Chelsea may look to use highly-rated starlet Thibaut Courtois as a makeweight in the deal. The 21-year-old is currently on-loan at Atletico and has impressed during the time he has spent there.
It’s likely Mourinho will face intense competition from the likes of Arsenal and United, but if reports turn out true then the Special One is most definitely seizing the initiative in the race for Costa’s signature.