Transfer news: Chelsea open talks with Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa over £40m move - reports

Spain international has been identified as the Blues' main summer target

Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the transfer of £40m Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and have begun talks through third parties in an effort to secure the deal before Costa joins up with the Spain squad at the World Cup.

Brazil-born Costa has scored an impressive 31 goals for Atletico this season, and gained Chelsea's interest back in January but the 25-year-old did not want to leave. Chelsea scouts have been watching the forward this season.

Jose Mourinho has been looking for a striker for next season with question marks over Fernando Torres, while Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba are out of contract at the end of the season. The future of  Romelu Lukaku, currently in his second loan spell in as many seasons, is up in the air.

 

Costa was on target for Atletico last night, scoring the winning goal against Granada to maintain the the clubs' title challenge - Atletico lead Barcelona by one point at the top of La Liga.

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