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Report: Chelsea agree $50 million Diego Costa transfer

May 2, 2014, 7:36 AM EDT

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After watching him rip their UEFA Champions League dream apart this week, Chelsea are now ready to stump up the cash for Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa.

Costa, 25, scored the Spanish sides crucial second goal at Stamford Bridge as he led Atleti to the UCL final for the first time in over 40 years.

The Blues were so impressed with his display that they’ve reportedly decided to step up their infatuation with the Brazilian born striker and meet the rather modest release clause of $50 million in his contract.

Modest? I’m not kidding. To find a clinical striker of Costa’s quality is extremely difficult and bear this in mind, Chelsea paid over $75 million two seasons ago for misfiring forward Fernando Torres. $50 million for Costa in the current market is a bargain.

(MORE: Three things we learned from Atletico’s win over Chelsea – Costa is a beast)

The Spanish international, who switched his allegiance from the Brazilian national team to the reigning World Cup champions ahead of the showpiece tournament in his homeland this summer, has scored 35 goals in 41 games this season so far and is on the brink of winning both La Liga and the Champions League with Atletico.

Umm…. why would he leave, then? Money.

If Costa does seal this switch to Chelsea then he can expect to triple his wages instantly, to a reported $300,000 a week, as the Blues’ power in the transfer market is there for all to see. Speaking after Atleti’s defeat of Chelsea in West London on Wednesday, Costa didn’t dismiss the idea of joining Chelsea but did state how happy he is at Atletico.

The age old argument of success and happiness vs. money will once again come to the fore as Chelsea chase Costa and the red-hot striker will have to decide where his future lies.

Get ready for this transfer saga to rumble on all summer long.

  1. christophershearin - May 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    if Aleti let him walk, they need to have their heads examined

    • tarotsujimoto74 - May 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Which is probably what people said after they let Torres go, then again after they let Aguero go, and again after they let Falcao go… Atleti seems to have no problem in finding new world class strikers.

    • lavatomy - May 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Not really. Consider the fact that they’ve lost Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Falcao and now most likely Diego Costa and all while they were considered one of Europe’s most lethal strikers. Every time their top goal scorer gets sold to another team people wonder how they will replace such player and that they’re crazy for selling such player but their scouting team does a great job bringing in a cheaper option that ultimately pays off in a huge way.

      • chunkala - May 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Agreed. And past history shows that Costa probably won’t sniff 30 goals or even 20 for that matter in EPL.

  2. atxnole - May 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    The Metro, as per usual, are uninformed. One of the least reliable of the unreliable UK tabloids. Costa’s release clause went up more significantly when he signed his new deal after turning down Liverpool last summer. If/when he moves this summer, it will be for a figure closer to £50m. The likely scenario is something like Courtois + £20m IMO.

    • Comrade23 - May 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      I don’t see anyone’s valuation of Courtois to be £30…

  3. simple chelsea f.c. - May 6, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I really don’t see him as a true blue player.

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