Chelsea Transfer News: Diego Costa Worth Double the Cost of Reported Target Hulk

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

Atletico's Diego Costa celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Granada at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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It seems Chelsea may be close to signing two of world football's most highly prized strikers after being linked with Atletico Madrid's goal machine Diego Costa and Zenit St Petersburg's man-mountain Hulk. 

Neil Ashton of the Mail Online writes that Chelsea are prepared to splash out £40 million on Spanish international Costa after his magnificent season with Atletico.

The player has scored an incredible 31 goals in his 34 appearances for his club in the league and Europe this year, as recorded by

Writer for The Independent Joe Krishnan confirmed via Twitter that the West London club have been watching the Brazilian-born ace:

FIFA World Cup magazine editor Thore Haugstad also took to his Twitter account to advocate Mourinho's potential move for Costa:

Hulk's agent, Shandor Varga, has indicated his player could be heading for England, as reported by Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.

As with Costa, the player will command a similar fee, and Sanderson writes that this will not stop Jose Mourinho getting his man from Russia. 

Varga is quoted saying, per Sanderson: "Despite the huge transfer fee required to sign Hulk, don’t rule out that he will move to one of the top clubs in Europe this summer. English clubs still have the highest chance of signing him."

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 24: Hulk of FC Zenit St. Petersburg celebrates his goal during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Krylia Sovetov Samara at the Petrovsky stadium on March 24, 2014 in St. Pet
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Hulk has an excellent club record this season. He has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances in the Russian Premier League and Champions League, per

The signing of both players would be a statement of intent from Mourinho and would surely end the spell of Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.

However, it is questionable whether even Chelsea would pay a combined fee of £80 million for two strikers of this calibre, considering that Mourinho likes to only play with one up front, allowing Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian to become involved from deep.

Chelsea could rotate both strikers in their 4-2-3-1 formation of choice, but this leads to questions as to who would give the team the most value.

If the Blues are prepared to pay such a huge fee for both players, the true value will lie with Costa. He has proved in one of the biggest leagues in the world that he can perform and score on a weekly basis.

Hulk is a talent, but he is not as potent as Costa. He will find himself on the Stamford Bridge bench week after week, if Costa performs to the levels that he has displayed in recent times. 

Costa is worth twice the amount of Hulk in terms of ability and finishing, and Chelsea would be frivolous to sign the Zenit player for a similar fee. 

KHIMKI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Sergei Ignashevich (L) of PFC CSKA Moscow challenged by Hulk of FC Zenit St. Petersburg during the Russian Premier League match between PFC CSKA Moscow and FC Zenit St. Petersburg at the Arena Khimki Stadium on March 15, 2014 in
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Brazil legend Rivellino gave his own opinion on Hulk, and what he perceives to be a lack of quality in the player. Sambafoot report that the iconic former star said to Sportv:

I have nothing against Hulk, but for the love of God, players like him are called up for tactical reasons.  While in the past the best players were called up, Hulk is called up so that the midfielder can play his game, and the midfielder plays to allow the striker to play. That makes no sense.

Rivellino's assessment is bold, but ultimately correct. Hulk does not have outstanding individual ability, especially when compared to a player like Costa. 

If the intention is to play them both as a pair the moves would be justified, but Chelsea will not play a formation that supports this theory.

Hulk will be better off joining a team where he can be the main striker, and not have to play second fiddle to one of the world's top goalscorers.