According to reports from The Guardian, Chelsea FC will look to seal the Diego Costa move before the World Cup begins on Thursday June 12th. Costa has returned to full fitness and started Spain’s last warmup match before the World Cup against El Salvador on Saturday.
With the concerns about Diego Costa’s fitness behind him, and with reports of him passing the club’s medical exam, Chelsea would do well to wrap up a potential move before the World Cup begins. The Guardian and other media outlets are reporting that Chelsea have tabled a formal bid for the striker and will activate his release clause which is believed to be around £32 million.
Quotes from a “club source” speaking to Press Association Sport:
“Chelsea have made an offer to Atlético Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa’s contract, and have been advised that the player has provided notice to Atletico Madrid invoking the buyout clause and directing the club to accept Chelsea’s offer. Chelsea look forward to entering into formal transfer documentation with Atlético Madrid as soon as possible so that the player can concentrate on the World Cup.”
Source: The Guardian
The signing of Diego Costa has been rumored for several months now and the only thing that appeared to get in the way was the striker’s injury problems at the end of the season. He was substituted early in the last three matches including the Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid.
Chelsea is the logical destination for a striker of his caliber and recent reports reveal that Costa himself believes he is heading to Stamford Bridge. This move is ideal for both parties as Diego Costa gets to play at a top club and Chelsea get the elite striker they have been missing so badly the past few seasons.
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