Chelsea complete £32m deal for Spain's Diego Costa
Chelsea last night confirmed the £32m transfer of Spain striker Diego Costa after agreeing to meet Atletico Madrid's buy-out clause.
Chelsea had been in talks with the Spanish league champions since before the World Cup for the transfer of Costa but it was only yesterday that the London club confirmed a deal had been struck.
The Spain striker's contract contained a €40m (£32m) buy-out clause, which Chelsea last night confirmed they had met. In a statement, Atletico said Costa had sought a move to Chelsea but the club had insisted on receiving his full buy-out clause.
Costa, who scored 35 goals last season as Atletico won the Spanish title and reached the final of the Champions League, will team up at Chelsea with his international team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who joined from Barcelona last month.
Chelsea yesterday released England defender Ashley Cole and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o but former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer signed a new one-year deal.
Eto'o and Cole, both 33, had been expected to leave the Premier League side after their contracts came to an end last month.