Is Diego Costa the Final Answer to Our Attacking Problems?

COSTAAtletico Madrid’s Diego Costa may be on his way to the Premier League next season, to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. As one of Europe’s hottest properties, he could be the final piece in the Special One’s puzzle.

Throughout January we heard whispers of a potential move to London, with Arsenal cited as the most likely destination, but with that deal never materialising, the rumours are that Stamford Bridge will become Costa’s new home this summer.

According to the Daily Star, the Brazil international has a buy-out clause in his contract set at £32 million. However, the report also says that Atletico are resigned to losing their star attraction and are prepared to sell him for a much lower fee, and could also be interested in a player swap deal—although Mourinho is said to be uninterested in the latter proposal.

Chelsea have been fantastic during Mourinho’s first year back at the Stamford Bridge helm and currently sit atop of the Premier League table, but if there is one area in which the Blues are lacking, then it is clearly the attacking department.

Summer signing Samuel Eto’o scored an impressive hat-trick against Manchester United, but those three strikes make up half of his Premier League tally. Meanwhile, £50 million signing Fernando Torres continues to struggle for consistency whilst Demba Ba barely gets a look in.

The three strikers have returned just 11 league goals between them this season and that lack of firepower has placed immense pressure on the club’s midfielders. So far the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard in particular have risen to the challenge, but that does not alter the fact that Chelsea desperately seek a prolific talisman to lead the line.

Whilst Romelu Lukaku will return to the club form a loan spell at Everton this summer, it appears that Mourinho is not a huge fan of the big Belgian, and therefore Costa may well be the man that Chelsea turn to.

Since the departure of Radamel Falcao to Monaco, Costa has stepped in superbly to fill the huge gap vacated by the Colombian striker with 25 goals in 26 games. His personal tally has played a pivotal role in Atletico’s La Liga success, and only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in Spain’s top-flight this campaign.

On the face of it, at least, Costa appears to be the perfect suit for Chelsea. Whilst there haven’t been that many successful Brazilians in England, other South American forwards like Tevez, Suarez and Aguero have shone in recent years and there is no reason that the 25-year-old Atletico man couldn’t become one of the Premier League’s most deadly strikers.

His biggest hurdle may be settling into a new formation. At the Vicente Calderon, manager Diego Simeone tends to employ a 4-4-2 formation, but if Costa was to make the switch to Stamford Bridge, then it is almost certain that he’d have to adapt to playing as a lone striker. However, with the likes of Oscar and Hazard supplying the ammunition, the Brazilian would not be short of chances, and if he could replicate the form he is currently displaying in Madrid, then there is no doubt that he’d feature highly on the Premier League top scorers list too.

Whether a deal is brokered remains to be seen, but with a world-class striker being top of Mourinho’s summer shopping list, it’s definitely an interesting proposition that will have Chelsea fans salivating in anticipation.

Do you think there is any truth to the rumours, and if so, is Costa the right man to spearhead Chelsea to success? Let us know your thoughts below.

~ Chelsea Season

  1. ND AGWUNCHA says

    I think DIEGO COSTA is at right age to blend with the likes of Hazard and Oscar.With moderate price tag the young man will adapt well at stamford bridge and play football without too much pressure.If eventually he arrives London he will be a good addition.

  2. Gbasha.bitto says

    Luiz should lead the line before Costa arrives

    1. Gbasha.bitto says

      Costa should arrive but not with Cuortuis swaping the other way round

  3. Tim Andy says

    I think Costa will fit in chelsea’s. Tactics but I don’t like courtious to be part of the deal to get costa! I’ll rather prefer Demba Ba to be used as part of the deal to get costa and then we probably get Tevez from Juve and bring lukaku back next season and let torres & Eto’0 leave as well!

    1. alexcfc8 says

      Don’t know where you got the Tevez rumour from

      1. Zyte says

        he will buy tevez 4 hapy 2 hear our fans ready 2 spend from their purse.dat wil realy be any player u like teves,guarin,khedira,cavani,u are free 2 buy dem 4 us bcos CFC is realy conscious of FFP rules.

  4. hassassin says

    No way lukaku is leaving.., no way.. 2 love you lukaku

  5. Chris says

    I a rather unrealistic world I would love to have a forward department of Costa-Lukaku-Super Mario-Torres. But this is the real world.

    Costa is a MUST and should be got before the window opens or as soon as it does the deal should be sealed.

    Costa on the other hand suits our style down to the ground how we play. He’s strong/ good in air/ reasonably two footed etc.
    And age-wise is the best out of the lot. I also when watching matches like his attitude to stand up and be counted and want to stay on his feet. His has a buyout clause so therefore meaning no long drawn out sagas or inflated price negotiations. We pay the £32m clause and he is a chelsea man.

    Mandzukic would be a good buy for the right price and good option to have.

    I would also like to see us go for Bony as well due to his ability to turn and shoot accurately from reasonable distance. In the perfect world I would like to have this front personnel next season Costa-Bony-Lukaku-Torres.

    However, the majority of clubs and seasons Mourinho as a general rule will only have 3 strikers so therefore like we have recently experienced football is harsh sometimes and you have to be harsh to progress. So therefore (sentimental feelings aside) Wouldn’t mind seeing Torres go in the other direction for Costa. So therefore next seaon Costa-Bony-Lukaku.
    In reality it will probs be Costa-Lukaku-Torres

    1. alexcfc8 says

      We won’t buy Bony, we tried but failed we won’t try again

  6. alexcfc8 says

    Costa is Spanish, He was born in Brazil but he is now Spanish plays for Spains national team

  7. ush says

    Costa would b a great addition,watched d dude last night he was terrific…

  8. Martin, Norway. says

    I think Costa will be a fantastic addition we miss a prolific striker this season. Obviously we need to seal that deal this summer.

    1. Foggy says

      A player who is agile, a good dribbler and can also score is what Mo wanted. A young Etoo or someone similar.
      I guess Kalou would have done as good a job as the current lot if he stayed.
      Sturridge would certainly have. He is the ideal striker for Chelsea and he was let go. This is why I despise Torres.
      Because of this pile if garbage, Sturridge’s path was blocked, as was Kalou’s and Ba’s.

      It could have been a young English Striker leading the line, linking up with Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Schurrle, Salah, Matic.

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