The scoring of the strikers has been a problem of late for Premier League giants Chelsea and there is no doubt the Blues would want to make a major striker signing as soon as the summer transfer window opens.
Jose Mourinho is clearly unimpressed with the plummeting form of all available strikers - Eto’o, Torres and Ba, all of whom have a combined total of 15 goals in the Premier League, which is not acceptable when the squad is competing for all major domestic and European titles.
The Portuguese, though, now has zeroed in on the perfect option who would suit Chelsea’s style-of-play and is never short of scoring goals that man is none other than Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
The striker is sure to leave Vicente Calderon during the summer for pastures new and Chelsea would be the perfect platform to showcase his talent.
The Blues were frontrunners to land the Brazil-born goal-machine, but Ligue 1 heavyweights AS Monaco have now joined the race and are set to offer a massive deal that could see Costa lining up alongside former teammate Radamel Falcao next season.
Monaco is set to offer £40m for Costa’s services, according to The Independent.
Mourinho has seen Costa in the past while he was the manager of Real Madrid and hailed him as one of the top scoring talents in recent years.
With both the manager and player having the same agent, Jorge Mendes, Mourinho could be hopeful of leading the striker at Stamford Bridge, but Mendes also has good relations with Monaco chairman,Dmitry Rybolovlev.
The French club is also ready to provide Costa with a tax-free wage in the region of £150,000-per-week, according to The Daily Mail, which could be influential to Costa in making his decision to choose his next destination.
The 25-year-old has a buy-out clause of £32m in his current contract and has already scored 25 goals in La Liga and is also ready to guide Atletico Madrid to the semi-finals on the back of seven goals in UEFA Champions League,according to ESPN.
Monaco has triumphed over Chelsea in the past with the signing of Radamel Falcao,when the Los Rojiblancos accepted a €60m bid that saw the Colombian on his way to Ligue 1.
It remains to be seen if the French outfit could pull off a double coup over Chelsea and be successful in signing Diego Costa in the summer.
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