Chelsea keen to sign Torres replacement, as Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is tipped for a move

By on March 26, 2014

Again, Chelsea are linked with a move for Diego Costa.

The Daily Mail’s ‘exclusive’ suggests that Mourinho’s Blues have grown weary of Fernando Torres’s torrid spell at the club, and Samuel Eto’o is destined to leave once his contract is done. Costa, who will star for Spain at the 2014 World Cup, has been in scintillating form for Atletico Madrid as the Spanish side push their way back into Europe’s upper echelons.

La Liga: 28 games – 23 goals

Champions League: 5 games – 7 goals

It has been suggested that Atletico would prefer to see Belgian Thibaut Courtois join the Madrid side on part-exchange deal, but Mourinho is apparently not keen. Courtois is seen as Petr Cech’s long-term replacement, but the Czech international has been in fine form since Mourinho’s return to the club. Chelsea’s defence is the strongest in the Premier League & the Blues are now league title favourites in the football betting ahead of the last few matches.

Pundits have also suggested that Torres could be tempted with a move back to Atletico – the club where he made his name – as the Spaniard is seen to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba aside, Chelsea’s striker signings have been comparatively poor; Crespo, Mutu, Kezman, Shevchenko and Torres the high-profile failures. The Blues lone striker signing of any note in recent seasons is Romelu Lukaku. It remains to be seen if the giant Belgian is given a chance to shine in Royal Blue. He has impressed on loans at West Bromwich Albion and, more recently, Everton so Mourinho may give him an opportunity in the summer. Diego Costa, however, may be part of Spain’s World Cup title-challenging squad in just a few months time. Chelsea will need to move quickly for one of Europe’s hottest talents.