Mourinho wants Diego Costa at Chelsea

The Atletico Madrid striker has passed a medical ahead of his €44m move to Stamford Bridge and the Blues boss has now admitted he is keen to sign the Spain international
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he wants to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The Spain international - currently representing his country at the World Cup - scored 36 goals last season as Atletico won a thrilling La Liga title race and reached the Champions League final.

Diego Simeone's side dumped Chelsea out at the semi-final stage on their way to the showpiece in Lisbon, with Costa scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge.

The striker dropped a strong hint before the World Cup that he would be heading to Stamford Bridge - where he has already completed a medical ahead of a €44 million move, saying: "Am I going to Chelsea? It looks like it."

And Mourinho has now revealed that he has demanded Costa be snapped up as Chelsea look to improve upon a trophyless first season under the Portuguese.

He told Marca: "Costa is a player I want in my team.

"I've asked the club to bring him in and I am extremely confident that we are going to get him and he'll end up signing for Chelsea."

Chelsea have already secured the signature of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona as Mourinho looks to reinvest cash earned from the recent big-money sales of Juan Mata to Manchester United and David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain.

One player definitely headed to Stamford Bridge from Atletico is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - who has spent the last three seasons on loan at the Vicente Calderon.

Courtois is also at the World Cup, with Belgium, and has previously suggested he would prefer not to play understudy to regular Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. As a result, Chelsea are ready to sell Cech, with Courtois set to take the No.1 shirt in the 2014-15 season.

Mourinho explained: "When the World Cup in Brazil is over, Courtois will be coming straight back to Stamford Bridge - end of story."