Diego Costa helped knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday (©GettyImages)
Diego Costa helped knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday (©GettyImages).

Chelsea chasing two Atletico Madrid stars

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Chelsea are apparently close to signing Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, according to The Telegraph.

The left-back Luis would cost around €20m (£16.5m) and would put Ashley Cole's future at Chelsea into question. The Brazilian has made 123 appearances for Atletico since 2010, and has been on the radar of some big European clubs.

Manchester United were reportedly also interested in his services, but they now look favourites to sign Southampton's Luke Shaw. Diego Costa, on the other hand, has a £31.5m buyout clause in his contract, which Chelsea would have to meet.

Jose Mourinho has been unhappy with his strikers this season, and the 25-year-old could put an end to that, as the Brazilian-born Spaniard has found the net 36 times in 49 games for Atletico this season.

Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois seems set to return from Atletico and sign a contract extension with Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has apparently decided that the 21-year-old goalkeeper is ready to challenge Petr Cech and that it would be unwise to loan him out for another season.

To balance the books, Mourinho would like to offload Fernando Torres, who has been linked with a return to Atletico. Romelu Lukaku might also be sold, with Andre Villas-Boas reportedly keen on luring him to Zenit St. Petersburg.

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