Chelsea: £32m target compared to Didier Drogba

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa bears striking similarities to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and would be a major upgrade on Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o, according to former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

The retired England international, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, urged Chelsea to go out and buy the in-form La Liga star - and allow Torres to return to the Vicente Calderon in exchange.

“If Costa was to come to Chelsea then Torres could go back to his first love: Atletico Madrid. That might be a move that makes sense,” Redknapp said on Saturday Night Football. “He is, make no mistake, a brilliant striker. He’s got that pace and is almost Drogba-like with his ability to run beyond people. He has a left foot, he can drive and he can score his own goals.

“When we look at Chelsea at the moment I don’t see Torres or Eto’o as the answer for the long term and don’t have the ability to do what Diego Costa can do.”

Costa has flourished at Atleti this season under the management of Diego Simeone. He was linked with a move to Liverpool last summer; however, Simeone made the Brazil-born Spain international his main striker following the departure of Radamel Falcao, who joined AS Monaco.

The 25-year-old has repaid his Argentinian coach by scoring as many La Liga goals as Barcelona's four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi this season - and is joint-second on Spain's top scorer charts, three goals behind Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Costa's goals have fired Atletico into a three-way battle for the La Liga title, and they will be desperate to keep him.

However, the striker has a £32m release clause in his contract, and could be tempted by the prospect of playing in the Premier League with Chelsea this summer.

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