Monaco are plotting a move to scupper Chelsea's hopes of signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, according to the Daily Mail.
The highly-rated Spain international has been in unstoppable form this season, scoring 32 goals during his side's climb to the summit La Liga.
His form has caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Chelsea, whose pursuit of a striker has been well documented following Jose Mourinho's constant lamenting of his current striking options.
However, it appears that moneybags French side Monaco are set to rival the Blues with a staggering offer in excess of £40million, as well as a handsome wage packet of £150,000 after tax - something Chelsea, despite their riches, may be unable to compete with.
Mourinho has admitted that financially he is restricted by FIFA's new Financial Fair Play rules, although has confirmed there is enough in the bank to make on stellar signing.
Many are sceptical as to whether Monaco will meet these regulations following last summer's splurge on the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, although they do look set for Champions League football, which combined with a chance of domestic silverware and a huge pay cheque, could be enough to tempt Costa.
If Chelsea are unable to secure a deal for Costa, 25, they have also been linked with moves for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, who has become frustrated at playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Mario Mandzukic, who appears set for the exit door at Bayern Munich following the signing of Robert Lewandowski.
Should Costa sign for Monaco it could allow Chelsea to move for another target of theirs: the aforementioned Radamel Falcao has long been a rumoured target for Chelsea and he may be allowed to leave the French side if they find a suitable replacement.
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