Chelsea edge ahead in race for £40m Diego Costa

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Chelsea have moved forward with their plans to sign Diego Costa for £40million this season, as they scouted him whilst Atletico Madrid played Granada last night.

According to ESPN the Blues sent representatives to compile reports on the Spain international ahead of a proposed move to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Despite the fact that Costa is also said to be coveted by Manchester United and Arsenal, Chelsea yesterday emerged as favourites to secure his signature, and Roman Abramovich will spend the money needed.

And the west London giant’s pursuit of the in-form forward is unlikely to have been derailed by his showing last night, as he scored the winner in Atletico’s 1-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon. That goal pushed the 24-year-old’s seasonal tally to 32 in 42 games in all competitions; a strike record that is sure to have caught Jose Mourinho’s eye.

Reports yesterday claimed that it would take £40million to lure Costa away from La Liga, though that price-tag probably won’t be an issue for Chelsea.

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