It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho’s priority choice of star striker this summer is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, who netted a penalty against the Blues last night in the Champions League semi final.
The 25 year-old has set La Liga alight this season, with his 27 goals in 33 league outings firing the Mattress Makers to the top of the Spanish table. A return of eight in eight in Europe isn’t too shabby either.
Arguably more important than his goals is the Brazilian-born forward’s aggressive, physical style; measuring in at 6 foot 2 and having flourished under Diego Simeone’s regime of incredibly disciplined, confrontational football, Costa is a perfect fit for the Jose Mourinho philosophy.
With his release clause now set at €60million however – a significant bump up from the recently anointed Spain international’s €32million buy-out at the start of the season – Chelsea may be forced to search for more cost-effective alternatives this summer, especially if Atleti’s double-trophy bid convinces Costa to prolong his stay at Vincente Calderon.