Atletico Madrid reportedly reach €60 million agreement with Chelsea over sale of Diego Costa
Chelsea have reportedly agreed to meet the full €60 million release clause of Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa as manager Jose Mourinho secures the coveted Spanish international’s services ahead of their Champions League semi-final meeting.
According to Spanish newspaper, El Confidencial, Mourinho has pushed the Chelsea brass to sign Costa, who is one of Europe’s top scorers this season and Atletico have remained firm in their stance that they will only allow him to leave if his clause it met, a clause that has risen from €25 million to €60 million following the signing of his contract extension last October.
Mourinho’s frustrations over the inconsistencies of his current roster of strikers; Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres has spilled over into the media and while the club’s original target was Costa’s predecessor now at Monaco, Radamel Falcao, was the Portuguese boss’ first choice, the Colombian’s reconstructive knee surgery in January gave Chelsea pause for thought and led them to decide on Costa.
Costa has become the target of many, if not all of, Europe’s top clubs and seeing how the player was in such high demand, with the potential to explode his value at the upcoming 2014 World Cup, Chelsea made the decision to pay the full clause, reach an agreement and secure the player’s services at the start of the summer transfer window.