Chelsea are in the clear to sign long-term Jose Mourinho target Douglas Costa, with the player himself having played up the idea of a transfer and hailed Mourinho’s coaching abilities.
In comments relayed today by Metro the Brazilian forward revealed in no uncertain terms that he is looking to take his leave of Shakhtar Donetsk, the club where he has spent the last five years enhancing his reputation, and it would appear the Blues are leading the race for his signature.
Over the course of the past few transfer windows Chelsea have repeatedly been linked with a move to sign Costa, though nothing concrete has ever materialised.
In 2013 they completed the capture of his then-teammate Willian, who happens to play in a similar position, but it could well be Costa’s turn to make his big move now.
If the 24-year-old’s latest statements is anything to go by then Mourinho virtually has him in the bag. Not only did Costa laud The Special One, but he also took the unusual approach of confirming he is keen to transfer clubs.
"Eventually the time comes when you get tired of playing always in the same league," he said.
"I’m 24 years old and it is worth trying to tell people that I want to go.
"We have a wonderful coach in Mircea Lucescu, but I think it’s time for a change and I think Mourinho is the best in the world."
Tough nut to crack
An attacking-midfielder by nature it makes sense to assume Costa would struggle for game-time were he to trade Ukraine for England.
The likes of the aforementioned Willian, Eden Hazard and Oscar have the positions behind the strikers sewn up at Stamford Bridge, whilst the irresistible Diego Costa reigns supreme when it comes to leading the line.
That said rumours that Colombia star Juan Cuadrado could take an early exit from west London having endured a torrid time since his January switch from Fiorentina have been rife, and were he to make a shock departure there would be a space for Costa to fill.
Naturally there are no guarantees that he would do any better than Cuadrado when faced with acclimatising to life in the Premier League, but if Mourinho’s supposed interested in genuine then he clearly feels Costa has enough about him to have a good crack at it.
Reports from earlier this year have the Brazilian pegged at under £22 million with regards to valuation, hardly a huge fee considering the money Mourinho will have to play with.
If anything that further propels the theory that he could move to Stamford Bridge into the realms of feasibility, though until Chelsea comment officially on the speculation optimism is obviously to be advised against.
Blues fans, what do you think Mourinho will do regarding Costa? Is it a certainty that he will become a Chelsea player now? Let us know in the comments box below.