Chelsea to pay £80m for Diego Costa

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Chelsea will end up paying a whopping £80m to sign and then keep Spain international Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge for the next five years, it has been revealed.

As detailed by the Telegraph, the Blues are poised to trigger Costa’s £32m release clause, and will offer the 25-year-old an astronomical £185,000-a-week contract to leave the Vicente Calderon. This means over the course of a five-year contract, Costa is set to earn an eye-opening £48m - taking the total cost of the transfer to a staggering £80m.

It’s a huge amount of money to pay for the Brazil-born Spain international, who Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes can fire the Blues to silverware following a trophy-less season. Costa has been magnificent for Atleti this term, scoring 36 goals in 50 appearances, but doubts remain over how well he will adapt in England - and whether he can repeat this season’s goalscoring exploits during the 2014/15 campaign.

This is the first time that 25-year-old Costa has ever netted more than 10 La Liga goals in a season - he currently has 27 with one match left to play - but the in-form striker has flourished this term as Atleti’s main forward following the departure of Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco last summer.

With Mourinho expected to sell most - if not all - of his current strike-force this summer, Costa will lead the line for the Blues next season. But, considering how much Chelsea are paying him, he will be expected to hit the ground running in the Premier League from the very first week of next season.

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