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Chelsea seal Costa deal with Atletico

Chelsea seal Costa deal with Atletico


Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Diego Costa after reaching agreement with Atletico Madrid.

The Stamford Bridge club had wanted the 25-year-old Spain striker to complete a £32m move prior to the World Cup.
That deadline was not met but a deal has now finally been completed.

A statement read: (external) “Chelsea can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause.”

The Premier League club had already agreed to meet that fee, and the player himself told Atletico of his desire to move, but agreement proved elusive throughout June.
During that time, Costa started in Spain’s first two games at the Fifa World Cup, winning the penalty that allowed Xabi Alonso to opening the scoring in the 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

However, both he and Spain endured a disappointing tournament. The holders exited at the group stage as Costa was booed repeatedly by Brazil fans, who have not forgiven him for switching allegiance from the country of his birth.

Nevertheless, his tally of 27 goals in La Liga last season was bettered only by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (31) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (28).

In total, Costa scored 36 goals in 52 games for Atletico last term as they won their first La Liga title since 1996 and reached the Champions League final.

Mourinho had made the addition of a “killer” striker a key priority during the summer.
The London club scored 71 goals in the Premier League last season, 31 fewer than champions Manchester City, who finished four points ahead of them.

Strikers Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba contributed a total of 19 of those in the league, with 33-year-old Eto’o, who has been released, scoring nine of them.
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