Chelsea target Douglas Costa has insisted that a move to Stamford Bridge would be a dream come true, having seen a £16 million offer from the Blues for his services turned down.
According to the Daily Mail Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected an offer from Jose Mourinho for their Brazilian forward, and don’t look as though they’re ready to negotiate anytime soon.
The Ukrainian outfit have a reputation for being stern dealers when it comes to transfers, and so Chelsea will be forced to up their bid if they want to get their man.
The good news is that it seems the 24-year-old wants to put pressure on his club to sell, having admitted that a switch to west London is something he is keen on undertaking.
"It’s a dream to play for Chelsea, a unique chance. I will try to negotiate," Costa told Brazilian source Globo Esporte.
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"It’s a dream to play for Chelsea, a unique chance. I will try to negotiate"
Cuadrado talks stall
The initial rumours of Chelsea’s interest in Costa is believed to have come as a result of Fiorentina’s hard negotiating stance regarding Juan Cuadrado. The Colombia international has been a target of Mourinho’s for some time, and has a release clause of around £26.8 million, but it’s said that the Blues’ reluctance to deliver the whole fee in one lump sum has caused the transfer to break down.
As such Costa is their backup option, with the attacker having been wanted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United since the days before his Shakhtar move. Whilst in Ukraine he became a teammate of current Blues star Willian, and his stock has continued to rise despite his relative obscurity from major European competitions.
According to the report in question talks over the futures of Costa and Cuadrado, as well as Chelsea duo Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle, are to re-commence today, with Mourinho having more than one decision to make with regards to how he wants his attack to be assembled post-January.
Blues fans will most likely be concerned with Schurrle’s situation, as the Germany international has proven himself a consistently good performer. Salah’s move away from Stamford Bridge is far more predictable given how he’s struggled to force his way into Mourinho’s first-team, with the likes of AS Roma said to be keen.