Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Callejon Eyed After Diego Costa Confirms Blues Move

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has admitted that his long-rumoured move to Chelsea is close to being confirmed.  

As reported in the Metro by Massimo Marioni, Costa was asked if he was going to Chelsea after he played 74 minutes in Spain's 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over El Salvador, and he replied: "Well, it looks like it."

The Brazilian-born 25-year-old has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as manager Jose Mourinho is in need of a prolific striker.

Chelsea's frontmen Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o simply did not score enough Premier League goals last season—19 between the three of them—as the Stamford Bridge outfit finished third.

Meanwhile, Costa's 27 La Liga goals helped Atletico to their first league title since 1996 and put Torres' Chelsea record into stark perspective, per Squawka:

His imminent addition to Chelsea's squad for a reported fee of £32 million is quite a coup for the west London club and will make them a real force both domestically and in Europe next season.

The Blues are also reportedly looking to bring Napoli forward Jose Callejon to London to strengthen their attacking unit.

The former Real Madrid player is a target for both Chelsea and Manchester City, per Corriere Dello Sport (h/t 101 Great Goals), with his value supposedly around €30 million (£24 million).

This is quite an increase considering he moved to Naples for only €9 million (£7 million) last summer, but his 15 goals and six assists in Napoli's third-place Serie A campaign illustrate his quality.

Football analyst Jack Rathborn believes the 27-year-old Spaniard could potentially add quality to Chelsea's attacking unit:

However, if City too are interested, it could come down to spending power in the battle for Callejon's signature.

It seems that Mourinho is desperate to add goals to his strike force as well as depth in his attacking unit.

The signing of Costa would be hugely significant if he can continue to score as many in the Premier League as he did in La Liga. 

Chelsea scored at least 30 goals fewer than first- and second-place City and Liverpool in the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, per BBC Sport.

The addition of Costa and Callejon should certainly close that gap and could prove the difference in next season's title race.


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