Mourinho gets his man as £32m Costa completes medical
Published 05/06/2014 | 02:30
Chelsea are on the verge of clinching their main summer transfer target, with striker Diego Costa completing a medical yesterday as part of the Atletico Madrid striker's £32m move to Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho repeatedly complained last season about the lack of goals from his forwards and has identified Costa as the man to spearhead his attack next season, with the player now needing only to negotiate personal terms.
His arrival will follow Eden Hazard's declaration that he is looking forward to playing for Chelsea next season, thus dampening speculation that he could leave the club for Paris St-Germain.
Costa (25) scored 36 times last season as Atletico won the La Liga title and went within seconds of beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Arsenal were also interested in the targetman, but it was clear that he preferred Chelsea. In Jorge Mendes, Costa shares an agent with Mourinho.
Costa had a buy-out clause of £32m in his Atletico contract and, for one of the best young strikers in the world, the deal should represent rather better value for Chelsea than their previous purchases of high-profile forwards, notably Fernando Torres and Andrei Shevchenko.
Born and raised in Brazil, Costa played twice for his homeland in friendlies but switched allegiance to Spain and, despite the injury that forced him out of the Champions League final in Lisbon last month, he has been declared fit for the World Cup finals.
He has known as a tireless worker, as well as a prolific goalscorer from the position of the most advanced forward in a 4-2-3-1 system.
That should suit Chelsea, who scored 31 goals less than Manchester City in the Premier League last season.
"We have to add the attacking player with that killer instinct," Mourinho said last month.
Hazard revealed his intentions by announcing that he would switch from the No 17 jersey to become Chelsea's No 10.
"It is my favourite number and one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane," the Belgian said.
Juan Mata vacated the No10 shirt when he joined Manchester United in January. (©The Daily Telegraph, London)