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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22:  David Luiz of Chelsea and Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2017

On the verge of an unlikely appearance in yet another Champions League final, Chelsea are already looking forward to and preparing for life next season.

The club has been linked with many of the world's top players, as Jose Mourinho looks to land a big-name striker to add to his already powerful midfield.

With the World Cup just weeks away, all of the big teams in Europe will be looking to get their business done as soon as possible. 

Here we take a look at the latest gossip surrounding the Stamford Bridge club: 

 

Latest on Chelsea's Potential Transfer Activity

Diego Costa

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid kicks the ball under pressure from David Luiz of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea at Vicente Calderon Stadium
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It appears that Diego Costa's move to Chelsea in the summer may have taken a step forward, as Atletico Madrid step up their efforts to find a replacement for the player.

Simon Jones of the Mail Online has reported that the current Spanish leaders have set their sights on Olivier Giroud as a possible replacement for Costa, with Arsenal themselves looking at Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema as striking acquisitions. 

With Luis Suarez, Costa has been the form striker in Europe this season. The player has fired his less fashionable club past the giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid with his goalscoring exploits.

This season alone he has smashed 27 goals in 33 La Liga matches, per Squawka, earning himself a call-up to the Spanish national side.

Costa was given a positive reception by Chelsea fans during the teams' Champions League semifinal, but the player proclaimed he did not know why.

Jack Wilson of the Daily Star writes that Costa said after the match: "The truth is that I didn't understand anything. I heard my name and asked what they were saying. I can't say I paid much attention to it. I'm very happy where I am now."

Costa will be a vital addition to Chelsea's squad should a deal be forthcoming. The continued failure of the team in the striker's position is old news at Stamford Bridge, and Costa would rectify this problem overnight.

This would allow Mourinho the opportunity to release Fernando Torres from his torment in London, having never reached the personal heights that he attained at Anfield, with Liverpool.

The creative brilliance that Chelsea possesses in the attacking midfield department would guarantee Costa a multitude of goals, should the player decide that the time is right to leave Atletico and try his chances in the English league.

 

Romelu Lukaku

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho talks to substitute Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard He
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It might well have been Jose Mourinho's biggest mistake so far during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but the form of Romelu Lukaku this season has proved that the young Belgian is a force to be reckoned with.

And had the player been retained by Chelsea this season there is every chance that they would be in front of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.

Lukaku has been a force of nature for his loan club Everton at times this year, giving the Toffees the firepower they have needed to mount a challenge on the top four.

The 20-year-old Belgian international has netted 13 times and provided six assists in his 29 games for the Goodison Park club since his move from west London, per WhoScored.com.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy of Everton celebrate after Wes Brown of Sunderland scores an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 1
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Sky Sports have reported on the player's future, with Lukaku admitting that the decision rests with his parent club.

They report Lukaku said to Het Nieuwsblad

We'll see at the end of the season. I'm focusing on my performances at Everton. I still have a contract until 2016 at Chelsea and I think they're happy about the way I'm developing. They have the last word, so we shall see what's happening next.

Chelsea bought Lukaku as the long-term replacement for Didier Drogba: A player that Mourinho once based his whole team around. Lukaku seems to have the same attributes that Drogba had and is arguably a bigger talent at a much younger age.

It seems strange that Mourinho has not taken the player under his wing and insisted that he oversee his development, so it is debatable whether he sees the Belgian in his plans.

With Mourinho leaving his squad short of strikers this year and allowing Lukaku to go and play his football on Merseyside, this was either a huge oversight by the Special One or he had faith in the three primary strikers at his disposal.

Whether Chelsea decide to sell Lukaku or not, he is a player who will develop into one of the top strikers in Europe. He will soon outgrow his surroundings at Everton if he opts to stay there and will need a bigger stage to perform on week in, week out. 

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