Diego Costa not so likely to be joining Chelsea 0

Interesting.

There’s been a lot of talk about Chelsea pursuing Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa in the Summer, and repeated claims have been made that the English club will use on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as bait in a deal for the forward.

Not so much, according to Atletico President Enrique Cerezo (via The Express):

“I do not think Diego Costa will leave us at the end of the coming year.

Unquestionably, we do not want to sell him or use him as a bargaining chip for another player.”

Linking Chelsea with a high-profile forward seems to have become an annual tradition. Last year, from about September onwards, just about every tabloid in the country was claiming that a move for Radamel Falaco or Edinson Cavani was inevitable, despite neither player fitting the profile of the club’s transfer-model.

It’s almost - almost - as if this is just good old-fashioned click-bait. Does Costa really have the attributes to play as a lone-forward in a Mourinho side? That’s very questionable.

With regards Courtois, there would be absolutely no sense in Chelsea in offering him in part-exchange - even for a player like Diego Costa. A twenty-one year-old goalkeeper with the Belgian’s ability is a very rare commodity, and that’s not something which should be flippantly traded-away. We’ve seen the value of Petr Cech over the last decade, and Courtois offers the club the chance to seamlessly replace him without losing any security.

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