Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa looks set to complete his move to English Premier League side Chelsea anyway now.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international has already passed his medical with Jose Mourinho’s side, and a deal taking him to West London could soon be sealed.
Costa has been a revelation in Atletico’s triumphant La Liga season – scoring 27 times in 35 appearances, with a shot-to-goal percentage of 25%.
This included three streaks over the course of the campaign where he netted in five consecutive games in all competitions, which proved vital in his side’s capturing of a first domestic title in 18 years.
He also scored eight times in Atletico's amazing run in the UEFA Champions League, before injury forced him off after just nine minutes of the final defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
His performances have alerted some of the top clubs across the world and it looks like Chelsea have finally grabbed his signature after they agreed to meet a buy-out clause of over £30 million.
They also caught the eye of national team boss Vicente Del Bosque who has named Costa in his final 23-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup finals in his native Brazil.
The 25-year-old represented his home country in a couple of friendlies last year, but elected to play for the defending World champions after seeking permission from the Brazilian Football Confederation and gaining Spanish nationality.
He made his second international debut in a 1-0 win over Italy in March, before earning his second cap in a 2-0 victory over El Salvador on Saturday.
Costa will now be hoping to get his chance and shine on the biggest stage of all in a star-studded Spanish team, ahead of the likes of Fernando Torres and David Villa in attack.
It’s not a bad transition for a man who just five years ago was being loaned out around the Spanish Segunda Division with Celta Vigo and Albacete, after starting his career in Portugal with Braga and Penafiel before his first spell with Atletico.
He didn’t make a single appearance in his first two years at Vicente Calderon and was sold to Real Valladolid, where he netted six times in his first 12 games before moving back to Los Rojiblancos.
As a bit-part player, Costa scored six times in the first campaign of his second spell but was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano after suffering a serious injury before the 2011/12 season.
His 10 goals in 16 games kept them in La Liga, before he returned to Diego Simeone’s side and scored a further 10 in 31 league games the following campaign as well as being top scorer in the Copa Del Ray.
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