Diego Costa set to be confirmed as a Chelsea player

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Diego Costa is set to finally complete his protracted move to Chelsea with Atletico Madrid ready to replace him with Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City.

According to the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid have set their sights on the Manchester City striker and are keen to sign him up to replace their current Spain international.

Chelsea have met Costa's £32m (€40m) release clause, and the move is all but certain to go through - the Blues just have to wait until Atletico have their business sorted before it can be completed.

Atletico Madrid need the money from the Costa deal to have any chance of signing Negredo, so they're now working overtime to convince the City star to return to Spain.

Negredo at City

He started the season for City in blistering form, scoring two goals in his first three appearances against Hull City and Cardiff City. And he formed a tremendous partnership with Sergio Aguero until injury struck, from which he failed to recover his form.

In fact, he didn't score another goal for City after his brace against West Ham in January, a terrible run of form that ultimately cost him a place in the Spain squad.

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Of course, Spain had an awful time of it in Brazil, crashing out at the group stage. Despite the barren run in front of goal, City still value him highly and Atletico face a real battle convincing them to sell.

The other option for Atletico remains Chelsea's forward Romelu Lukaku, who is unlikely to get the opportunity to stake his case for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge if the Costa transfer is ratified.

Costa at Chelsea

With the Costa deal set to be rubber-stamped, Chelsea fans can look forward to a new dynamic up front for the Blues. Jose Mourinho will finally get that prolific forward he demanded last season, and with it the excuses will be gone.

And with Cesc Fabregas an extra cog in a midfield that worked pretty seamlessly last season, Chelsea can expect to mount an even stronger title challenge.

Any other business

But that's unlikely to be their last bit of action in the transfer market, with Mourinho also keen to add another centre-back to his squad following the departure of David Luiz.

It would be risky to go into the season with just Gary Cahill and John Terry at the back, even with the ability to push Branislav Ivanovic into the middle in emergencies.

Potential additions include Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Porto's Eliaquim Mangala.

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