Diego Costa has confirmed his protracted transfer to Chelsea is imminent, and believes he will be joining ‘one of the greatest clubs in the world’ when he finally completes his move to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup.
Chelsea have been linked with Costa for a number of months and are reported to have agreed to pay £32 million to Atletico Madrid in order to finalise his acquisition. Costa is expected to sign for five-years, with the total cost of the deal in the region of £80 million.
Jose Mourinho stated at the weekend that he was ‘extremely confident’ that Costa would be among his Chelsea number for next season, and the player himself has now expressed his excitement at the prospect of joining the club.
"Why would I have chosen to play for Chelsea? It is a thing that is about to happen," Costa told Goal.com.
"Things are going in a direction and, if they keep going as they are going, it is the team I will play for in the next season.
"I've wanted to play in the Premier League for a while. Chelsea are one of the greatest clubs of the world so there are many factors that make you take a decision like this."
The 25-year-old will officially become a Chelsea player once he has completed his international commitments with Spain, where he was chosen as the reigning champions’ starting striker for their World Cup opener against Netherlands.
This ended in disaster, of course, as the Netherlands triumphed in an astonishing 5-1 victory, but Costa is likely to retain his place at the summit of the Spain attack, with Fernando Torres remaining on the bench.
The end for Fernando Torres?
Despite his form for Chelsea, which has been inconsistent at best, Torres had maintained his place as the leader of the Spain attack relatively regularly since they won the World Cup for the first time four years ago.
However, the emergence of Costa as one of Europe’s elite centre forwards, with 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico, and his availability for Spain after resisting the overtures of his country of origin, Brazil, has resulted in Torres sliding down the pecking order.
It could well be that this spells the end for Torres as an international footballer as Vicente del Bosque looks to the future, although the former’s future as a Chelsea player will be more a pressing concern following the arrival of Costa, the man who usurped him in the Spain set-up.