Blues prepared to pay £80m for Diego Costa
Chelsea are increasingly confident of securing the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in a deal worth a staggering £80m.
Chelsea are prepared to meet Costa's £32m release clause and will offer the 25-year-old a weekly wage of £185,000, putting him on a par with the club's highest earner, Eden Hazard.
Over the course of a five-year contract with Chelsea, Costa would earn a little over £48m, which would take the cost of the transfer to £80m.
Chelsea are due to hold talks with Atletico this week, with Costa and the Champions League eligibility of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on the agenda before next week's semi-final first leg in Madrid.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone admits Costa (right) can earn much more by joining Chelsea and hinted he would be interested in taking Fernando Torres back to Spain.
"It will depend on him (Costa) and what he thinks is the best for his future," Simeone said. "I will support any decision he makes. It's natural that Chelsea are interested in him. That makes me happy, because my aim and that of my coaching staff is to see our players improve. Fernando is always with us. He would love to come back to the club he grew up."
Under the terms of the Courtois loan to Atletico, Chelsea are due £2.48m for every game he plays against them.
Chelsea have been warned by Uefa they cannot stand in the way of Courtois playing, which means the London club will hold discussions with Atletico and Simeone is confident the Belgian will face his parent club. (© Daily Telegraph, London)