There are a number of rumors surrounding José Mourinho's Chelsea side about Athletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Costa, who is one of the most in form strikers in Europe at the moment is believed to be part of an exchange deal involving Chelsea's on loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtouis. However, Chelsea would be wise to ignore Costa and pursue instead Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, and there are a set of vaild reasons to go along with it.
Mandzukic is a very capable player, he's been mostly Bayern's #1 striker this season and last. However, with the impending arrival of Robert Lewandowski in the summer, Mandzukic looks set to leave Bayern. The problem for Chelsea? One of the rumored destinations is Arsenal. Arsenal have put up a strong fight but their lack of skill in the striker position is hindering them points, as evident in many Arsenal games this season. A striker would surely complete Arsene Wenger's squad, with German playmaker Mesut Ozil in the center. Chelsea themselves are looking for a striker, as their woes have continued despite a resurgence from Fernando Torres. If Arsenal grab Mandzukic, they will be a very serious title threat.
Why do an exchange with Athletico and give up one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, a possible replacement for Petr Cech. Diego Costa has been brilliant this season, but his lack of ability to show up in big games as somewhat stood out. Mandzukic has shown up when needed, having opened the scoring in 2013's Champions League Final. Mandzukic has the experience and is a complete striker, though José Mourinho prefers the physical strikers, like Costa.
Mario Mandzukic is gonna leave anyway, so it's easier to grab him. Chelsea failed in their pursuit of Wayne Rooney in the summer, but chances are they won't fail if they pursue Mandzukic. They can outbid Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger is not a man who likes to spend money, so Mandzukic should be theirs if they want him.
Like everybody else, we are gonna have to wait and see what Chelsea will do. But I'm just praying that whoever they buy doesn't end up being a repeat of the Fernando Torres transfer.