Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Diego Costa and Jose Mourinho's Top Targets

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

France's midfielder Paul Pogba heads the ball during an official training session the day before the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Switzerland at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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Jose Mourinho's attacking line-up once again takes precedence in the latest transfer headline surrounding Stamford Bridge as Diego Costa's move to west London gradually closes in on completion.

Despite some reports claiming that the move is as good as done, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was quoted by the Independent earlier this week, insisting that Costa remains their player until the Blues have paid the £32 million fee of his release clause:

We don't know anything about Costa, all we know is that Chelsea have made contact but we haven't received any money or anything else yet.

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One would think this is nothing but a temporary pause in what looks to be an inevitable move, but Atleti would presumably be more than happy to hold on to their man should Chelsea all of a sudden back out of any deal.

That being said, Mourinho is already going about his recruitment push to find a new striking partner for the Spanish international, whom OptaJose shows wasn't in the best of form before this summer's miserable World Cup exit:

One figure the west Londoners won't be signing, it seems, is Borussia Dortmund's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, according to the forward's father, per David Wright of the Express:

There is no truth in those rumours. My son will carry on at Borussia Dortmund.

He likes it at the club and the club did a lot to help him settle. No one from Dortmund has told us that they are out to sell my son - much to the opposite.

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The Gabon international moved to Signal Iduna Park last summer and enjoyed a fairly successful maiden campaign in the German top flight.

OptaJoe indicates that Aubameyang may have the kind of accuracy that not many of Chelsea's existing forwards have shown in the past year:

Attack isn't the only area Mourinho is looking to beef up, though, and after bringing Cesc Fabregas in from Barcelona, Wayne Veysey of says that Juventus' Paul Pogba is the next priority in that area of the pitch.

And if the player were to move to Stamford Bridge, Veysey understands that he could become the club's highest earner:

It's a staggering reward to hand the midfielder, just 21 years of age, but Pogba has shown during his World Cup campaign with France just what a superb talent he is and, perhaps even more importantly, has the potential to become.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder may also be tempted to move to a new Premier League giant if it gives him the opportunity to combat the Red Devils, from whom he so infamously parted ways on far-from-amicable terms in 2012.