Chelsea are seemingly linked with every striker that could become available this summer, and if the latest reports are to be believed, Diego Costa is next in line.
Metro's Jamie Sanderson is reporting Jose Mourinho has made the Brazilian-born striker his first priority for the summer and will open negotiations in an attempt to bring the Atletico Madrid forward to the Premier League before the start of the 2014 World Cup.
Chelsea's interest doesn't come as a surprise, as Costa has been in sensational form this season. According to Whoscored, the striker has scored an astonishing 28 goals in 31 total appearances this season, making him one of the hottest goalscorers in all of world football.
His 21 league goals in 25 appearances rank him fourth across all major European leagues and second in the Spanish La Liga, trailing only Ballon d'Or winner Christiano Ronaldo.
Champions Matchday shares one more impressive fact:
Diego Costa (7 in 5) has scored in all of his @ChampionsLeague appearance this season. Messi (7 in 4) & Ronaldo (11 in 6) have too.— Champions Matchday (@ChampionsMag) March 12, 2014
Costa is doing well for himself in the Spanish capital, but it seems only a matter of time before the Spanish international decides it's time to move on to bigger and better things. A marriage with Mourinho and Chelsea could be the perfect solution for both parties.
Chelsea's problems up front are well documented. Just a few weeks ago, Mourinho was caught telling Canal+ cameras he "had no strikers" and speaking out on the age of Samuel Eto'o, as reported by the Mirror's Liam Prenderville.
Romelu Lukaku is enjoying another excellent campaign out on loan, this time with Everton, but the Belgian striker is barely out of his teens and so far hasn't been able to earn Mourinho's trust. Mourinho has never been one to put all of his eggs in a single, youthful basket, and it seems unlikely he'd make an exception for Lukaku.
Mourinho has always done his best work playing with an athletic striker capable of weighing on a defense, opening up space for his army of wingers to cut inside and make things happen. Didier Drogba filled this role to perfection, and Costa could do the same.
La Liga expert Xoel Cardenas kept his opinion on Costa as brief (and colourful) as he could:
Diego Costa = Football MANster (half man, half monster)— Xoel Càrdenas (@XoelCardenas) March 11, 2014
Costa's scoring record speaks for itself, but the Spanish striker can do more than just score goals. Like Drogba, Costa has a tall, thick build and moves remarkably well for a man his size. He plays well with his back towards the goal and presents midfielders with an excellent passing outlet capable of holding up play for as long as it takes.
Should Chelsea make a move for Costa?
The Spanish international is the kind of striker Lukaku hopes to be one day: fast, strong, proficient in front of goal and capable of creating for others. The complete package, and a nightmare matchup for any defense.
With Chelsea in need of upgrading the position, pairing Costa with Lukaku would give the team a fearsome strike force, and one that could be great for years to come. Just the tactical possibilities should have fans excited for the future.
Having Costa in the fold would also give Lukaku a chance to continue developing without having to deal with the pressure of being the team's main striker, thus potentially setting the Blues' striker position for the next decade.
Chelsea currently lead the Premier League table with an attacking unit well below the team's standards. Adding Costa wouldn't just fix the Blues' only weakness—it could transform the team into one of the game's most dangerous outfits.