One of the longest running transfer rumors is finally complete, as Chelsea have officially announced that striker Diego Costa has signed a five year deal to join the team. The Blues met Costa’s 32 million pound buyout clause from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, following a season in which Costa netted 36 goals in all competitions.
The 25 year old Costa fills Chelsea’s desperate need for a striker, and he could be the final piece in the team’s championship puzzle. Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and made the semifinals of the Champions League last season, but their ambitions will be much higher this year.
Jose Mourinho expressed all kinds of displeasure with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o last season, and the addition of Costa is the first step towards replacing them. Eto’o is already gone, and Ba has been linked to several transfer rumors lately. Torres could very well stay because of his astronomical salary, while Chelsea still needs to figure out what to do with Romelu Lukaku, the young Belgian striker whom Mourinho doesn’t seem to have much interest in.
Chelsea scored 30 goals less than title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City last season, a flaw that hurt the team badly as they gave up vital points late in the season by failing to defeat bottom feeders like Sunderland and Norwich City. Costa provides a target forward ahead of Chelsea’s talented array of attacking midfielders, and his presence as an aerial threat should be a huge asset. With Costa atop the formation, Chelsea should see a significant boost to their goal scoring.
There are a few concerns about Costa, notably questions about whether last season’s productivity can be continued. His poor performance in the World Cup did little to alleviate those concerns, but with his physical style of play Costa appears to be a good fit both with Chelsea and in the Premier League. Chelsea already have a top tactical manager, excellent goalkeeping, an airtight defense, and a deep and talented midfield. If Costa can provide a consistent goal scoring threat up front, then the Blues should have everything they need to contend for multiple trophies for this season. This is a very good signing from Chelsea, and Costa should provide them with exactly what they needed.