Thursday 23 October 2014

Chelsea confirm Diego Costa signing

Published 01/07/2014 | 17:28

Diego Costa has completed his  switch to Chelsea
Diego Costa has completed his switch to Chelsea

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The Spain international had long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and now the Blues have confirmed they have met the buy-out clause for the 25-year-old.

"Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international," read a statement on the club's official website.

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.

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