Diego Costa looks set to become a Chelsea player as he has completed his medical ahead of the proposed £32 million bid to take him from Atletico Madrid.
The two teams met in April to contest the Champions League semi-final as Atletico Madrid ran out 3-1 winners after a goal fest at Stamford Bridge.
Costa impressed with his all round ability, scoring a penalty to round off a great display. Soon after Chelsea, who have been having striking problems ever since Didier Drogba left, put in a £32 million bid for the striker, meeting his release clause.
In recent years Chelsea have had horrible luck in purchasing strikers: Salomon Kalou never really fulfilled his potential and was allowed to leave on a free transfer two seasons ago; Demba Ba was seldom given an opportunity to shine, although general consensus holds that he was not good enough; Samuel Eto'o, whilst the ultimate big game player, was signed a few years too late and was divisive; meanwhile, Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres were unmitigated big money failures.
Chelsea will hope Costa will follow in the footsteps of Chelsea's greatest ever striker, Didier Drogba, than the aforementioned. In many ways, Costa is the closest to the Chelsea legend in modern football; both stand at 6ft 2in, are notoriously strong and deceptively quick. Add in a keen eye for goal then it is clear to see why Costa was a target of Chelsea's.
Costa's rise to fame came last season when he scored 20 goals in 44 appearances from the right wing, scoring the equalizing goal against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final, giving Atletico momentum to win the cup in extra-time. As Falcao left for Monaco, Costa played in his favoured striking position this season, scoring 36 goals in 52 appearances, helping his side to a La Liga title and Champions League runners-up place.
Such has been his form, Costa has had two countries courting him to represent them in the World Cup. In the end, Spain won his services and in the World Cup, Costa will have the ironic privilege of playing for Spain in his homeland of Brazil.