Scouting Report: Premier League transfer targets
|DIEGO COSTA v ATHLETIC BILBAO
Had a number of chances in the first half as he tormented the defence and he took one of them with a clinical finish. Should have been awarded a second-half penalty after he was tripped up.
Goal exclusively on Wednesday that the Blues have taken the first steps to making the Atletico Madrid star their headline summer signing and are ready to pay upwards of £30 million for the striker.
Intermediaries representing Chelsea have already held meetings with the Costa camp and further discussions are expected this week.
Costa was again instrumental for Atletico this weekend, scoring his 25th league goal of the season as his side came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to keep their place at the top of La Liga.
The 25-year-old has made his name as a potent striker, which is evidently proved again over the past week by also scoring against Granada, but his assisting of team-mates was poor against the Basque side.
He failed to create a single chance for those around him, while his passing accuracy was just 55.56 per cent, a figured which dropped to 50% inside Athletic's half and just 37.5% inside the opposition's final third.