Chelsea FC have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since the end of the season and and now the English club has announced that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over the fee.
Diego Costa enjoyed the best season of the career so far as he stepped up to fill up the shoes of Radamel Falcao for Atletico Madrid. The striker scored 36 goals in all competitions as Diego Simeone’s side broke through the duopoly in the Spanish league and lifted the La Liga title. Los Indios also made their way to the Champions League final, where they eventually lost to rivals Real Madrid. But this success was never going to be enough to retain Diego Costa in the squad next season, as a host of European clubs lined up for his signature.
Chelsea were always the favourites in the race to sign Diego Costa and the Spanish striker has already publicly accepted the possibility of this move, while Jose Mourinho has expressed his confidence about sealing the deal.
The Blues have now announced that they have matched the buy-out clause in Costa’s contract with their bid.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.” – Read an official statement published on their website.
Costa endured a disappointing World Cup with Spain in Brazil as the reigning World Champions were knocked out in the group stage and the Brazilian born striker failed to score a goal in two starts. But his arrival will considerably strengthen Chelsea’s strike force, which was the prime reason behind their trophy less season last time around. Costa arrival could also mean the end of the road of Demba Ba or Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge, while Romelu Lukaku is also expected to depart from the club.