Chelsea have made the initial steps towards bringing Diego Costa to England this summer, according to Goal.
The club, not at all short of money, are willing to pay upwards of £30 million for the Spanish front man.
Costa is Atletico Madrid's main man at the moment and much of their success, including their Champions League run this season, has been down to his ability to score goals at key moments. It would be with a heavy heart that the Madrid side let's this striker leave.
Talks have reportedly been held between Chelsea and Costa's agents and further discussions are supposedly taking place next week.
Chelsea would want to tie down the star man before the season finishes, or at least ahead of the World Cup this summer where he will be in a Spain side defending their 2010 title.
Costa has had an impressive season, having scored 23 league goals so far, a number only second to that of Cristiano Ronaldo's 26.
North London side Arsenal were reported to be interested in signing the forward this January as well, but it seemed unlikely that the striker would leave mid-season.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a striker to replace Giroud in times of injury or any such mishap and will be on the prowl for one this summer as well.
Costa would not only be able to replace Olivier Giroud in times of injury but further challenge the Frenchman for his starting position.
The Atletico man's buyout clause during the January transfer window was a handsome £30 million but any buying club will be required to pay a lot more than that this summer after his fantastic league season.
With the ability to offer Fernando Torres plus cash in a straight swap for Diego Costa, Chelsea seem to be in prime position to bring Diego Costa to London.
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