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Chelsea Want Costa Before World Cup

Chelsea are attempting to push through a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa before the Brazilian-born Spanish international begins playing in the World Cup. The London side have activated Costa’s release clause but are growing frustrated with the lack of progress in the negotiations.

A club source said: “Chelsea look forward to entering into formal transfer documentation with Atletico Madrid as soon as possible so that the player can concentrate on the World Cup.

“Chelsea have made an offer to Atletico Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa’s contract.

“We have been advised that the player has invoked a buyout clause and directed the club to accept Chelsea’s offer.”

Having struggled for a consistent first choice striker this season, Costa’s 36 goals in 52 games has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho as he seeks to make amends on what was a disappointing season in his return to Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa’s framework and aggressive work rate will make him a formidable opponent for any centre-back in the Premier League, should he sign.

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