Report: Chelsea close in on Diego Costa deal

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Athletic Bilbao during their Copa del Rey match on January 29, 2014
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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is close to securing a summer move to Chelsea in a £35m deal, according to a report.

Chelsea are reportedly close to clinching the £35m signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, and a deal is on the verge being complete, according to Goal.com.

Representatives of Chelsea are said to have held a series of meetings with Costa's camp recently, with further talks planned for later this month when the two clubs meet in the Champions League semi-finals.

The same report suggests that the Blues are willing to pay £35m for the striker, while also tripling Costa's £50,000-a-week wages.

Atletico Madrid players celebrate winning the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid on May 17, 2013.
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