Chelsea have begun talks with Atletico Madrid in the attempt to sign star striker Diego Costa before the World Cup begins this summer, Daily Mail reports.

Costa has been the Blues’ top transfer target since January and the London club are keen to get the deal finalized as soon as possible.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted that he wanted all the club’s transfer activity to be concluded quickly after their 2-1 win over Cardiff City on the final day of the season.

However the Portuguese manager wants to show his title ambitions with a ‘marquee’ signing, after failing to capture the league trophy in his second stint at the Chelsea helm.

And Diego Costa, who is currently fighting to be fit for the Champions League final on May 24th against Real Madrid, is Mourinho’s number one target.

The Brazilian-born striker has a £32m buy-out clause penned in his contract, which Chelsea are hoping to take advantage of.

With the 25-year-old set to play for Spain in this summer’s World Cup, a good performance could boost his reputation and therefore his price tag, possibly hindering negotiations.

Costa has had an amazing campaign, scoring 36 goals in all competitions this season.

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