For the umpteenth time this season, Jose Mourinho marched into the press room, after Chelsea's strenuous victory over a relegated Cardiff team, and excused his side's failure to win the Premier League with regards to his heavily scrutinized strike force.
The sight of the revered Portuguese coach bemoaning his lack of a striker possessing a "killer instinct" has become a formality this season, an expectation consistently present after each disheartening result.
He is currently tantalizing close to acquiring Diego Costa, the Atletico Madrid striker who has impressed immensely in Madrid. Chelsea chiefs have reportedly agreed a £32m deal to sign the Spain international of Brazilian origin with the deal to be announced in early June.
Mourinho had been courting the Atletico forward for a substantial period of time and hints had augmented the possibility of a Costa move to Stamford Bridge. After contributing to Chelsea's exit from the Champions League, Costa confirmed to Sky Italia that a move away from the Vicente Calderon and Diego Simeone's rapidly improving Atletico team was perfectly viable. Simeone claimed he would not block the move.
The 25 year-old is the highly-sought after missing piece in Mourinho's jigsaw at Stamford Bridge. He possess the tireless, selfless work rate Mourinho adores, coupled with his power and goal-scoring prowess. Chelsea have struggled with their striking department since Didier Drogba's departure to Shanghai Shenhua in 2012, yet Costa is capable of filling the void present following the Ivorian's leave.
The Atletico forward's 27 league goals and 8 registered in the Champions League have propelled the Rojiblancos on the verge of Spanish Primera Division and European glory. Costa impressed in Atletico's semi-final tie against Chelsea, even scoring at Stamford Bridge before his future admirers.
Chelsea are a complete team, a side of dynamos each accomplished in their divergent positions, yet their striker poverty, shorn of a centre-forward possessing a clinical nature, is over-whelming. The acquisition of Costa would be the missing piece to Mourinho's Chelsea jigsaw.
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