Chelsea officials are reportedly going to meet anytime from now with Atletico Madrid chiefs in order to finalise a deal for Diego Costa – and as well end the loan spell of Romelu Lukaku to the Vicente Calderon.
The Spanish international striker already passed his medical with the Blues just before the World Cup but with Atletico unwilling no negotiate a cut-price deal it is now left for Chelsea to trigger his £32m release clause.
Questioned about his move to Stamford Bridge, Costa himself admitted: "Now I am not very aware about it because I was thinking about the World Cup, but it is clear that my future is at Chelsea more than at Atletico Madrid," Costa said.
Meanwhile, the La Liga champions are keen to have Lukaku on loan as Costa's replacement and even though both negotiations are not linked Spanish newspaper AS claim that officials from both clubs are going to meet this week in order to complete both deals.
According to AS, Chelsea, Atletico and Lukaku have already agreed principal terms over a loan for the striker and now they just have to finalise the deal with the striker's agent.
Speaking with the press, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has addressed both deals, and even though he has not confirmed an upcoming meeting with Chelsea officials he admits contacts between the clubs
"We don't know anything about Costa yet. We only know that there is contact with Chelsea, but at this stage, we still haven't received any money or anything. Up until the cash valuation of his clause arrives, he will remain at Atlético."
And questioned about Lukaku, he said: "We'll endeavour to ensure that whoever comes, can score more goals that he who leaves or can prevent more goals than he who leaves. We're looking for players who have the spirit required by this club. It's not easy, but we will have a complete squad."
Furthermore, he is still confindent of keeping Thibaut Courtiois even though Mourinho has already told that he wants the keeper at Stamford Bridge next season.
"Regarding Courtois, it depends on Chelsea because he belongs to themAlthough a deal between Chelsea and Atlético is by no means concluded, Cerezo pointed out that given budgetary restrictions compared to the biggest and wealthiest clubs in Europe, it's often very difficult to compete financially."