Diego Costa

Diego Costa

Recent tabloid murmurings have claimed that Edinson Cavani will fill Chelsea’s star striker void this summer, but the long-standing theory throughout the season has been that Jose Mourinho’s personal infactuation lies firmly with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.

The Brazilian-born powerhouse is amid a real coming of age campaign that’s seen him net 34 times in all competitions. That includes seven goals in six Champions League outings, whilst Costa’s 26-goal La Liga haul has fired the Mattress Makers to the top of the Spanish table.

Perhaps most importantly for Chelsea however, the 25 year-old has flourished under the Diego Simeone regime, a manager whom, much like Mourinho, specialises in disciplined anti-football.

Therefore, the assumption is that the recently anointed Spain international would quickly adjust to the style of football at Stamford Bridge without too many teething pains. Measuring in at 6 foot 2 and famed for his surging runs at opposition defences, this term averaging 1.7 dribbles per match in Europe, I’d certainly abide to that theory.

Furthermore, whilst Cavani’s West London arrival would come at a cost of at least £55million, Costa represents a much cheaper solution, with a current release clause of just £32million.