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Diego Costa to sign for £32 million?

Claudio Villa

Well well well. The Sun -- I can't read the whole article as most of it's behind a paywall -- appear to be reporting that Chelsea's season-long pursuit of Diego Costa has ended with the striker agreeing to join the club. The price? A cool £32 million, which you presumably saw in the headline.

The Sun aren't an enormously reliable source but a) Rob Beasley's extremely close to Jose Mourinho, which gives him more leeway, and b) whenever papers get really assertive about something it's best to assume it's not simply made up. Here's the wording used...

Diego Costa will sign for Chelsea in a £32million deal this summer.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been chasing the Atletico Madrid striker for months and has finally got his man.

...which seems pretty confident. We'll see. Costa is obviously a major upgrade on the tripod of sadness we've been running out there all season, and if we recall Romelu Lukaku as well (I've seen some whispers to that effect), Chelsea will go into the 2014/15 season with a pair of strikers who genuinely frighten defences. And if we end up chasing games and need to play two centre forwards at once, that partnership could end up being hilarious.

As for Costa, while I don't love him he's good enough to spearhead the Champions League finalists and with the most commonly-cited alternative being Mario Mandzukic, I'll happily take him for the mentioned price (especially because it's difficult to see him getting superstar wages immediately given his current packet). Get that done and we're a midfielder away from having a completely balanced team.

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