There are many people who might question Diego Costa's potential move to Chelsea, and rightfully so, but the Spanish international is perfect for the Blues, and it's time for him to move to a bigger club.
Firstly, Atletico Madrid are a club ridden by debt. They have a history of tax avoidance and in 2011 owed £424m to creditors. They sold Aguero to Manchester City to gain some liquidity and could only afford his replacement Radamal Falcao thanks to a hedge fund paying 50% of his transfer fee. The simple fact is that Atletico have to sell Costa to keep their creditors happy. Selling top strikers is one of Atletico's main sources of income, and hence it would be ridiculous to not sell Costa with so much money on the table.
Secondly, a club with this financial background will surely not be able to consistently perform at the level which it was at this season. Atletico risk a hangover next season, especially as Real and Barcelona are likely to invest heavily, something which Atletico cannot do thanks to their financial burdens. If Real and Barcelona return to their peak level next season, it is unlikely that Atletico will be contending for any trophies, with or without Costa.
Thirdly, it is claimed that Chelsea do not have the quality to win the Premier League title. This only applies to the strikers, where Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have failed to consistently deliver. In other positions though, this is not the case. Petr Cech, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard are all in the PFA Team of the Year. Cesar Azpilicueta has banished Ashley Cole to the bench and John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic have been as superb as ever. In midfield, Willian has demonstrated his quality and with Matic a defensive midfielder of impeccable standards has joined the team. The only thing that is missing is a bullish striker, a new Drogba - and Diego Costa is the perfect fit.
The reasons for this are evident: Costa's physical presence is second to none, he is often described as a 'battering ram' and rightfully so. This aggression and physique in a striker is what Chelsea have lacked this season. They did not lose points against any of the big teams thanks to their marvelous defense and counter-attacking skills. But when it came to going against small teams defending with ten men, Chelsea lacked someone like Costa to wear down the defense and create spaces. Had they had someone like him this season, they would have picked up some of the points they lost against small teams and won the Premier League.
If Costa joins Chelsea, and if he perhaps gets Romelu Lukaku as a sidekick, Chelsea will solve their striker problems. With the way that they have played this season and with the firepower of Costa and Lukaku next season, Chelsea will be favourites to the Premier League title and a strong force in Europe. Atletico, on the other hand, face times of economic hardship and risk falling back to third place. The choice for Costa is obvious.
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