Diego Costa might have seemingly rediscovered his form since Guus Hiddink took over as Chelsea manager, but this doesn't seem to have changed the idea that the Spanish striker needs either a complement or, should it come to that, a replacement. Accordingly, thanks to a rumor that started in the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport but now has made its way over to English papers, too, Chelsea are keen on acquiring AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca in the current transfer window.
The 29-year-old Colombian striker (same age and nationality as current Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao, as well as of another rumoured Chelsea target Jackson Martínez) has scored 8 goals in 19 Serie A games for AC Milan this season, after arriving at the club from Sevilla for a hefty €30 million. La Gazzetta reports that Chelsea are willing to match the same transfer fee that Milan paid for Bacca to have the player at Stamford Bridge.
Much like the Jackson Martínez rumours from two weeks ago, a potential Carlos Bacca transfer to Chelsea doesn't make much sense, though Bacca at least wouldn't be cup-tied in the Champions League. And while the two back-ups to Costa have been nurturing injuries for a while and have been inconsistent at best, €30 million still sounds like a huge amount of money for a 29-year-old player even in this highly-inflated transfer market. And that's before we consider that there have been no rumblings that would indicate Chelsea willing to make any major signings this January.
But, Silly Season is a season of silliness and sillier things have happened before. Can't rule anything out until the clock strikes 11pm on February 1st.