Diego Costa looks to be edging closer to a summer move to Chelsea, with reports suggesting that the Premier League outfit have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the player's services.
According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, the Blues have agreed to pay the La Liga leaders a clause worth €60 million for Costa as they seek to add a new striker to their ranks.
Chelsea - who will face Atletico in the semi-finals of the Champions League later this month - have enjoyed a positive first season back under the management of the popular Jose Mourinho, yet question marks over their lack of firepower in the final third have persisted for several months.
Despite Demba Ba's last-gasp heroics that saw Chelsea progress past Paris Saint-Germain against the odds earlier this week, the former Newcastle man - who was brought to Stamford Bridge by the unpopular figure of Rafael Benitez last January - is not expected to remain at the club for too much longer.
And with Samuel Eto'o's contract due to expire at the end of the season and Fernando Torres being persistently mentioned in relation to a possible move to Inter Milan, the need for a new striker is obvious.
Chelsea have been linked with Costa on multiple occasions in recent weeks and that is certainly no surprise given the form displayed by the Brazilian-born Spanish international during what has been a terrific season for Diego Simeone's Atletico.
With 25 goals in 30 La Liga appearances and a further seven strikes in European competition, Costa - who made his long-awaited debut for Spain during last month's 1-0 friendly victory over Italy at the Vicente Calderon - has established a firm reputation as arguably the continent's most formidable marksman.
If Chelsea have indeed agreed such a deal, then Mourinho's men may well have made his side early favourites for next season's title.