Just two days after netting the vital penalty that would send Chelsea out of the Champions League, Diego Costa's long-awaited deal to Stamford Bridge is being reported as done.
"Diego Costa will sign for Chelsea in a £32million deal this summer," writes Beasley. "Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been chasing the Atletico Madrid striker for months and has finally got his man."
Although Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail doesn't report a transfer has been finalised, he does suggest contact between the clubs "has already taken place" and the Spanish international remains Chelsea's "first-choice striker option." His £32 million release clause is also confirmed, suggesting Beasley's report may be entirely plausible.
Jose Mourinho remained typically hard to read when discussing new signings, but confirmed a new striker is on the way, per Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC:
Mourinho on Diego Costa signing: "Chelsea will be quite quiet in summer. We are going to do some critical signings. A striker? Yes."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) May 2, 2014
In an alternate article, Mokbel also claims Mourinho is looking to land Hamburg starlet Hakan Calhanoglu on a £7.5 million deal, beating Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature. It is said Chelsea scouts have watched the 20-year-old "extensively" this season; an extremely smart choice if true.
The Turkish attacking midfielder, who can play anywhere across an advanced midfield line, has scored 10 goals and provided four assists in a difficult campaign for Hamburg, per WhoScored.com. He is the club's second top scorer behind highly rated forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga and has netted three goals more than former Premier League star Rafael van der Vaart.
While Calhanoglu's potential move would outline him as another talented attacking midfielder in a squad crammed with similar players, Chelsea fans will no doubt be watching the Costa rumours with greater interest.
Is Diego Costa a bargain at £32 million?
The Spanish international didn't perform particularly well across the two European semi-final legs, where he was often outnumbered and resorted to whining tactics, but he did manage to win and convert the crucial penalty. This is the sign of a world-class player.
Costa was barely offered a sniff across both ties until that moment, which he duly delivered on. His 35 goals in 41 appearances throughout La Liga and this season's Champions League signal he is able to overcome most situations with a successful strike, something Chelsea fans haven't seen with the likes of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba regularly fluffing their lines.
Hours before Beasley's report, Sky Sports (via FOX Soccer) reported comments from Costa that were given to Sky Italia. Here, the player suggests he is happy at the Vicente Calderon and indicates no agreement has been reached:
"I feel good at Atletico, I am happy in Madrid. We will see what happens, there are offers but it is too early yet to talk," said Costa. "Now I am just thinking about the end of the season, I want to win the Champions League and La Liga."
Back in April, Atletico boss Diego Simeone confirmed he has "no problem" with letting Costa leave if the player believes a move will further his career, per Onda Cero (via Sky Sports).
Chelsea fans will now hope confirmation follows swiftly. Costa is a snip at £32 million, and in this age of UEFA's financial fair play rules, he will be seen as a smart investment by the Blues' hierarchy. When you consider Manchester United paid £27 million for Marouane Fellaini and Liverpool spent £35 million on Andy Carroll, the value of Costa's release clause is obvious.
His pace, power and lethality will be more than welcome at Stamford Bridge, although Costa will need to quickly get rid of the attitude shown during Wednesday's European tie if he is to avoid becoming a Premier League hate figure. Should the deal be confirmed and Costa hits a run of form upon his arrival, it's unlikely many Chelsea supporters will care about the odd moan.