Updates from Sunday, June 15
Sky Sports' Emma Webb provides a statement from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho discussing Diego Costa:
Costa is a player who I want to have in my team.
I've asked my club for him and I have total confidence that we're going to achieve it and he will end up signing for Chelsea.
Updates from Thursday, June 12
Jose Mourinho has dropped yet another hint that Diego Costa will be a Chelsea player next season, revealing that he hopes the striker has a "fantastic" campaign next term.
Mourinho said in his Yahoo! blog, per the Daily Star's Nick Lustig:
I hope [Costa] has a normal World Cup, no injuries, good holidays and I hope next season he can have a fantastic season.
I don't know where, but I hope he can have a fantastic season next season.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has become a coveted target among some of Europe's top clubs after bursting onto the scene with Los Rojiblancos last season.
According to Sky Sports News, Premier League giants Chelsea have agreed to acquire the 25-year-old Spaniard:
Sky sources: Chelsea agree £32m fee with Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 12, 2014
Costa deal will be formally announced in early June #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 12, 2014
Costa has played a key role in propelling Atletico to new heights over the past two seasons and is a huge reason why the club is on the verge of winning their first domestic title since 1996 and their first-ever European championship.
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. Now I am just thinking about the end of the season, I want to win the Champions League and La Liga.
A strong finisher around the box, Costa has scored 56 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions over the past two seasons for Madrid. And only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi have scored more goals in La Liga this season.
For a squad like Chelsea, who thrive on the defensive end and sometimes struggle to generate offense, adding a prolific striker like Costa makes tons of sense.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho is well aware of the threat Costa presents on the counter-attack, and expressed the importance of adding a dynamic striker earlier this month, per Delaney:
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
While no Premier League club conceded fewer goals than Chelsea this past season, Manchester City and Liverpool each scored 30 more goals than the Blues.
By adding an explosive talent like Costa, Chelsea won't have to rely so heavily on up-and-coming midfielder Eden Hazard to score goals.
Chelsea supporters hoping to see more of what Costa brings to the table will have several opportunities to see him in action this summer, as he'll lead Atletico up against crosstown rivals Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final later this month and will then head to Brazil to represent Spain in the 2014 World Cup.
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