Strong rumors currently circulating suggest that Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32m. Costa has scored 27 goals in La Liga so far this season and is still hoping to win the Spanish league title and Champions League before the season draws to a close.
Chelsea’s season has already finished, and they ended empty-handed in the first season of Jose Mourinho‘s second spell at the club. One of the reasons Chelsea failed to win a trophy this season was clearly the lack of goals from their strikers, as Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba combined to score just 19 goals during the Premier League season.
That is one goal less than Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure scored on his own from midfield, only three more than Wilfried Bony managed to score for 12th placed Swansea City and 12 goals less than the Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez. It’s clear for all to see that Chelsea need a striker for next season if they are to improve on their latest campaign.
Costa would give them everything they have lacked this season, if the deal goes ahead as expected. He is able to hold the ball up for his midfielders, can link-up the play well, fights for every ball and he can score goals in every way possible. Costa would give Chelsea a totally different dimension in attack.
Chelsea have struggled to find a consistent striker ever since Didier Drogba vacated his prime, and it now seems Costa will be the latest attempt for the club. Costa will rattle a few cages in the Premier League, that’s for sure. But Chelsea will not mind that as long as he scores the goals they need to have a chance to be successful in the future.