Chelsea round-up: Striker deal agreed; Bayern man could join; bidding war started
Chelsea have almost completed an agreement which will see striker Diego Costa leave the club today for a fee of £50 million, according to The Times. He is expected to join Atletico Madrid in a move which will see the club net as much as £40 million up-front for Costa, who has not returned to London since May.
However, that does go against reports in Spanish newspaper Marca which had claimed that any deal was effectively ruled out for the summer transfer window. They claimed that Costa’s refusal to return to Europe was likely to add further complications to any agreement and could give Atletico the perfect excuse to delay a move until January when their transfer ban is over.
One surprise addition on deadline day could be that of Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha. Reliable German newspaper Bild say that Chelsea could make a move for the Brazilian, whose contract in Germany expires in the summer. Bayern are likely to oppose any such move in spite of him being far from first choice.
Rafinha is the side’s only defensive veteran after the retirement of Philip Lahm and they are reluctant to lose such experience. For the Blues, his attacking ability to excellent crossing could be the perfect option at wing-back, and given his age and contract situation, he may come cheap.
That could make up for another deal in which the Blues could be forced to splash out. That’s because The Sun say that Tottenham have come in with a shock bid for striker Fernando Llorente, forcing Chelsea to come up with a quick counter offer which they may fear could spark a bidding war for the 32-year-old.
Llorente has been linked with the Blues since January and could be an ideal addition for Antonio Conte given the fact that the two worked together in Turin. Swansea are clearly willing to sell their top goalscorer from last season, but Tottenham have added a late complication to the deal.