Chelsea trigger buy-out clause to confirm £32million capture

Chelsea have finally confirmed the deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa after agreeing to the Spanish club’s £32million buy-out clause.

Jose Mourinho was keen to boost his attacking options for next season and will be extremely satisfied to have finally captured his number one target.

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The Blues announced the agreement on their official website, which read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.”

Diego Costa was one of the standout performers for Atletico Madrid last season, which saw them win La Liga as well as reach the Champions League final, losing to Real Madrid in extra time.

The 25-year-old striker was desperate to move to the Premier League, but Atletico were holding out till Chelsea matched their buy-out clause.

An Atletico statement read: “Diego Costa communicated at the end of last season his will to be transferred to Chelsea and today the two clubs have reached an agreement for which the London club must pay the full amount set as the buy-out clause in the contract between the player and the club.”

Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions last season and will be expected lead the line in Chelsea’s upcoming campaign.


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