After months of speculation Spain international Diego Costa has all but confirmed his imminent move to Chelsea.
The 25-year-old who had an excellent season in the La Liga this year is a man Jose Mourinho has desperately wanted to add to his ranks for next season after a trophyless return to Stamford Bridge.
One of Costa's motivations to make the move from Spain to England is that he'll be joining "one of the greatest clubs of the world". He told Goal: "Things are going in a direction and, if they keep going as they are going, it is the team (Chelsea) 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."
Although many have suggested that Costa's physicality and attributes make him an ideal player for the Premier League, he is under no illusion that regardless he still needs to adapt to the demands of English football.
"I will have to work a lot to fit in with the style of the Premier League." A new challenge awaits Costa but he will certainly be seeing some familiar faces at Stamford Bridge.
Spain teammate Cesc Fabregas controversially joined Chelsea in recent days for £27 million from Barcelona whilst other compatriots Cesar Azpilicueta and Fernando Torres are already at the club.
Costa has already had his medical with personal terms also allegedly agreed, whilst Chelsea have agreed to pay the strikers £32 million buyout clause.
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