Chelsea is likely to poach Atletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa and the website Goal.com, quoting a source close to the situation, said both clubs have already agreed to Diego’s transfer to Stamford Bridge just hours after the Spanish football powerhouse eliminated the Blues in their UEFA Champions League semis clash.
"The Spain international striker’s switch to Stamford Bridge was tied up less than 24 hours after he helped eliminate the Blues at the Champions League semi-final stage," Goal.com said.
Chelsea reportedly offered £75 million to Atletico Madrid, while his current salary is £35 million with the reigning Europa League champion.
"A deal worth £75 million, including transfer fee and salary, was finalised at a meeting in London less than 24 hours after Costa’s penalty inspired Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League win over the Blues on Wednesday," according to Goal.com. "Chelsea will pay around £35m (£150,000 per week) for the striker, although a significant portion of the transfer fee includes agents’ fees."
Despite rumours that Diego Simeone wanted the transfer to be delayed until 2015, the Blues are expected to announce it at the end of the Spanish La Liga season before he joins the Spanish football team for their World Cup campaign, said the report.
"The west Londoners hope to confirm the deal before the end of the season and ahead of Costa departing for the World Cup, where he is expected to be an integral member of the Spain squad trying to defend their 2010 crown," Goal.com said quoting its April report.
Simeone is apparently aware of it and is ready to give a nod for the player to join a financially rich club like Chelsea.
"It will depend on him and what he thinks is the best for his future," Simeone said. "We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going. Samuel Eto’o is getting older and Diego Costa could do his thing there but, for now, he is ours."