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Diego Costa: The Future of Chelsea

Yesterday, Chelsea confirmed the signing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32m.

The Blues had already agreed to the fee before the World Cup but the move was not completed until yesterday.

The 25 year old striker becomes the latest player added to Mourinho’s brutal looking side for next season. Costa scored 36 goals in 52 games in Spain last season, statistics that Chelsea fans will be pleased to see after the dreadful run in recent years with under-performing strikers.

Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba contributed just 19 goals between them in the Premier League last term, calling Mourinho to make the addition of a strong striker during this transfer window.

Arguably, Chelsea have been the best in the business with their transfers this year; with huge bids accepted for both Juan Mata in the January transfer window and David Luiz in the summer, the money has been reinvested into the team and filled the weak links.

Both Mata and David Luiz did not fit Mourinho’s style of play and the money has been used to bring in Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, all of which are strong, powerful players.

Whilst Chelsea legends Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have both left the club this summer, Fabregas will surely fill Lampards boots in the centre of midfield whilst Azpilicueta will continue his good form at left back which kept Cole out of the first eleven for most of the season.

Thibaut Courtois’s return to Chelsea has also been confirmed by Mourinho after three years on loan to Atletico Madrid, but the 22-year-old Belgian International is still unlikely to start ahead of Petr Cech.

Whilst it appears that business is almost complete for Chelsea this summer, rumours are still circulating about incoming players. The post left by Ashley Cole saw Felipe Luis as a likely target to fill it, and rumours of a £15m move for Nigerian striker Emineke have begun to spread after Eto’o’s departure.

Tiago Mendes is also on the verge of resigning for Chelsea after turning down a contract extension at Atletico, and would return to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer. The 33-year-old would add depth to the midfield after Frank Lampard’s departure, whilst there are also rumours that Mourinho is preparing a £60m bid for Paul Pogba.

Chelsea 2014/15 likely line up:

Cech (GK)

Ivanovic (RB) Cahill (CB) Terry (CB) Azpilicueta (LB)

Fabregas (CDM) Matic (CDM)

Willian (RW) Oscar (CAM) Hazard (LW)

Diego Costa (ST)

Subs: Courtois, Ramires, Mikel, Salah, Schürrle, Torres, Lukaku.

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