Chelsea are on the verge of sealing a £32m deal for Diego Costa, but confusion still reigns over the future of Thibaut Courtois, according to Spanish football expert Begona Perez.
Jose Mourinho has held nothing back when bemoaning the lack of ability in his current crop of strikers and has insisted a 'real striker' was at the top of his summer shopping list.
Costa seems to be the man who fits the mould for the Chelsea boss and the figures suggest he is a good choice. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have scored only 19 goals between them this season while Costa has ran amok in La Liga, scoring 27 goals.
The imminent deal for the Brazilian-born Spanish international has been widely reported, however, Perez believes there is still a key detail to be ironed out before the deal can be complete.
She told talkSPORT: “There have been constant reports of the move in Spanish media for a few weeks now.
“Their information is that Costa will be transferred for around €35million, with the extension of Thibaut Courtois’ loan included as a part of that deal.
“That’s the tricky thing, we’re not sure if Mourinho wants to take Courtois back to Chelsea or not considering Petr Cech’s injury."
Courtois has spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and has developed so well that he could not possibly return to Stamford Bridge as an understudy.
The consensus is that Mourinho would have to sell Cech to accommodate Courtois and his recent shoulder injury has thrown Courtois' future into some doubt. Whether or not Courtois' loan extension is crucial to the Costa deal is unknown.