'The Times': Chelsea speaking to Costa and could offer Courtois
Chelsea boss José Mourinho is desperate to sign a striker he can rely on and does not fully believe in his current attacking trio of Eto'o, Torres and Ba.
The top Premier League clubs are circling around Diego Costa, who has hit 19 La Liga goals for Atlético Madrid this season.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are just some of the forward's admirers but according to The Times, Chelsea are in the best position to prize him from Los Rojiblancos.
The British newspaper reported on Friday that the west London club's owner, billionaire Roman Abramovich, has begun negotiations with the Brazilian born player to bring him to Stamford Bridge next summer, well aware that Costa is not willing to leave Atlético Madrid in January while Diego Simeone's side is involved in a push for the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
The Blues do not want other clubs to interfere in their attempts to sign the 25-year-old and are ready to offer goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on-loan at the Calderón since 2011, on a permanent basis to make the deal more affordable.
According to The Times, Chelsea are happy to include the goalkeeper in a deal because the club are unwilling to pay the entirety of the player's 38-million-euro release clause, partly due to the pressure of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Chelsea boss José Mourinho is desperate to sign a striker he can rely on and does not fully believe in his current attacking trio of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
The Portuguese manager has shown a long-running interest in signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United but The Times believes his close relationship with Jorge Mendes, who is the agent of Mourinho and Costa as well as a trusted friend of Atlético Madrid directors, could give Chelsea the upper hand over rival clubs in negotiations.