Chelsea ready to trigger striker’s release clause

Chelsea are ready to match Diego Costa’s £32m release clause to lure the striker to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid over the summer, according to reports from The Express.

The Brazilian-born forward has announced himself as one of Europe’s leading marksmen this term with a whopping 19 La Liga goals in as many appearances.

His excellent form has alerted a number of the continent’s elite sides, with both Manchester United and Arsenal rumoured to be paying close interest.

However, Jose Mourinho is ready to beat the Blues’ domestic rivals with a release clause-triggering offer.

It is thought that the buyout figure of £32m will only become active at the end of the season, which has deterred the London club from mounting a serious swoop for his signature this month.

‘The Special One’ also has a trump card up his sleeve, with he and Costa both being represented by agent Jorge Mendes, which could smooth negotiations.

The 25-year-old is fully committed to Atletico for the remainder of the season, with winning a spot in the Spanish – to whom he has pledged his international future – squad for the World Cup.

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