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Chelsea hope to complete £32m Diego Costa move from Atletico Madrid by end of week

Matt Law

Published 04/06/2014 | 08:26

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LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 23:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid controls the ball during a Club Atletico de Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 23, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Striker Diego Costa. Picture credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

CHELSEA are just waiting to put Diego Costa through a medical before completing the striker’s £32m switch from Atletico Madrid.

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Costa’s move to Stamford Bridge, which was agreed in principle weeks ago, has been held up by a hamstring injury. But the striker is now returning to training with Spain ahead of the World Cup and Chelsea are keen to get a medical completed.

Chelsea could even complete the deal by the end of the week and are confident it will be sealed before the World Cup kicks off next week.

Landing Costa early in the summer will allow Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to concentrate on other targets, who include Cesc Fabregas, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Koke and Filipe Luis.

Costa’s arrival will also give Chelsea the opportunity to start trying to find clubs for strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Romelu Lukaku’s future remains in doubt, while Samuel Eto’o’s contract is due to expire.

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