Chelsea confirm Diego Costa release clause met

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The Spanish international enjoyed a fine campaign last season, scoring 28 league goals to help Atletico Madrid claim the league title. He couldn't carry that form over to the World Cup however as Spain crashed out at the group stages.

Chelsea deal done

The Brazilian-born forward has been linked with a move to Chelsea for some time now but the deal was held up - however the Blues have now confirmed they've activated his release clause which is said to have stood at £32 million.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international."

Top target

Costa struggled with injuries towards the tail-end of last season, and limped off as Atletico lost out in the Champions League final to rivals Real Madrid. He then failed to find the back of the net at the World Cup as Spain failed to make the knockout stages.

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Despite his struggles, Costa is believed to have been Jose Mourinho's number one transfer target as he looks to rebuild his squad. 

Other deals

With the deal for Costa on the verge of being completed, Chelsea will now look to move for his former team-mates Filipe Luis and Tiago. The former will arrive at Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around £25 million and will replace Ashley Cole, while Tiago is available on a free transfer and will return to west London having spent a season there in 2004.

It's already been a busy summer at Chelsea, with David Luiz leaving to join Paris Saint-Germain, and veterans Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole leaving the club.

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