Chelsea have been informed they will receive compensation which works out at €20,575-a-day if Diego Costa gets injured while playing for Spain at any point this season, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Costa has to spend 28 days on the sidelines for the premium to become active, the maximum sum the Blues can receive for the loss of their star striker under as part of a new Club Protection Plan to be enforced across the board by both FIFA and UEFA.
That means Chelsea will be due a minimum €576,100 as severance if they lose Costa for a significant portion of the campaign, but that will come as little consolation to Blues boss Jose Mourinho as he anxiously waits to see if his star striker returns from international duty fully fit.
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Mourinho has been at pains to make it clear that Costa is far from 100% over the last two months, but a ruthless streak in the final third has made those claims look wishful to say the least.
Costa crashed home his ninth Premier League goal in just seven appearances against Arsenal last weekend, making a £32.5m million summer switch from Atletico Madrid look almost instantly like a superb piece of transfer business.
A dodgy hamstring remains a serious cause for concern though, particularly with Spain boss Vicente del Bosque insisting on calling up the imposing striker for European Championship qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg.
Mourinho will hope the injury-prone forward is used sparingly, but it looks like Costa is set to be at the heart of a long-running battle between club and country if he struggles to maintain form and fitness for both.
Del Bosque for his part is still waiting for Costa to bag his first goal for La Roja and perhaps that is part of the reason he was selected, with relatively trouble-free qualifiers representing the perfect chance to break that duck.
Chelsea have tricky away fixtures against Crystal Palace and Manchester United on the horizon and will desperate for their new talisman to lead the line in both crunch clashes, but at the very least the Blues will be due a sizeable payout if he picks up a problem over the next week or so.
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