Chelsea are all set to sign Diego Costa in the summer and have already agreed a contract with the Spain striker to get the deal done before the start of the World Cup.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Blues completed talks with the Atletico Madrid striker's representatives while the two clubs were meeting the Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The report claims Costa has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea and will finalise the switch before joining up with the Spain squad to head off to Brazil in the summer.
Sport claim the Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a €40million move for the prolific forward and will hand him a salary of €4million a season. Chelsea have struggled for consistency up front this season as none of the three senior candidates for the role have been able to produce the goods to really make the position their own.
Jose Mourinho was recorded by French press earlier in the season lamenting the lack of convincing firepower in the squad at Stamford Bridge. He was especially critical of £50million record signing Fernando Torres and that sparked questions about the Spaniard's future at the club, which are unlikely to go away after the news concerning Costa's contract.
One thing the 25-year-old should bring is firepower as he has been in terrific form for Atletico Madrid this season, finding the net 27 times in 32 starts in La Liga. Those goals have fired Diego Simeone's side to the brink of an unlikely title in Spain, as well as a possible incredible double with the Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid on the horizon.
Atleti's joy at making the final was Chelsea's pain as Mourinho saw his side lose 3-1 at home in the second leg of the semi-final, all but ending their chances of winning a trophy this season. It was Costa who all but confirmed they were going out when he won and calmly put away a penalty in the second half when the Blues were chasing again.