Chelsea to sign Diego Costa & sell Romelu Lukaku this week

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Chelsea are hoping to agree a deal to sign Diego Costa and sell Romelu Lukaku when they meet with Atletico Madrid officials this week, reports Spanish newspaper AS.

The Blues are believed to be on the verge of signing Costa, but are yet to finalise an agreement with the La Liga champions, who continue to try to squeeze every penny out of the deal.

A potential agreement was delayed after Atletico expressed their interest in signing Belgium striker Lukaku. The two parties will meet this week with the hope of agreeing a deal that will see the two players move in opposite directions.


Despite the fact a swap deal would be the most convenient way to do business, it is reported that the two deals remain unrelated and, if Lukaku does move to the Vicente Calderon, it will be for a separate fee from Costa's.

In fact, despite being available for sale, AS are reporting that Atletico will take Lukaku on loan for next season. Mourinho sees no place for Lukaku in his Chelsea team, but hopes a successful season in La Liga will help increase his value further.


With regards to Lukaku's loan deal, everything is agreed between the two clubs but matters are being held up because the player's agent is currently in Brazil for the World Cup. It is believed only a few contractual requirements remain before the deal can be confirmed.

- Costa confirms he is signing for Chelsea
- Costa has regrets over Chelsea agreement
- Chelsea won't sell Lukaku to Tottenham

Once Lukaku seals his season-long loan to Atletico, the Spanish club will finally put a rubber stamp of the Diego Costa deal. The only reason the Brazilian-born striker isn't a Chelsea player yet is because Atletico wanted a replacement signed before he left.


Chelsea have already agreed to pay Diego Costa's release clause, thought to be around £32 million, and the player has agreed personal terms and passed a medical.

Plenty of Atletico players are being linked with moves to the Premier League following their successful season, but the club warned Chelsea amongst others that players will only leave if release clauses are met.


One name that won't be discussed at this week's meeting will be that of Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis. Mourinho was hoping to bring Luis to Stamford Bridge to replace Ashley Cole, but, again, Atletico were not willing to sell the player for below his release clause.

Standing at €24 million, Chelsea have been priced out and are looking for alternative targets. That comes in spite of the fact that Luis rejected an improved contract offer from Atletico in an attempt to force a move to west London.

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