Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has confirmed that 'it looks like' he will be signing for Chelsea this summer.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS and reported by the Daily Mail in England, the Spanish forward appeared to confirm his imminent move to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues met his £32m (€39m) release clause earlier this summer, and the west London club hope to finalise the transfer before Costa begins World Cup duties with Spain next week.
Speaking to AS, Costa said: "Am I going to Chelsea? It looks like it."
The Atletico forward featured against El Salvador as Spain won 2-0 on Saturday night. The reigning World Champions are expected to start with the Brazil-born striker up front.
He has recovered from the leg injury that plagued him during the final weeks of the season, and forced him off in the Champions League final defeat to rivals Real Madrid.
And Chelsea are keen to get everything sorted next week to prevent it from dragging on into July. Jose Mourinho has a list of transfer targets, with Costa the most important, and he wants to move on to other priorities as soon as possible.
A Chelsea source revealed to the Daily Mail that many within the club are becoming frustrated at the continued delays.
"Chelsea have made an offer to Atletico Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa’s contract, and Chelsea have been advised that the player has provided notice to Atletico Madrid invoking the buyout clause and directing the club to accept Chelsea’s offer.
"Chelsea looks forward to entering into formal transfer documentation with Atletico Madrid as soon as possible so that the player can concentrate on the World Cup."