After watching him rip their UEFA Champions League dream apart this week, Chelsea are now ready to stump up the cash for Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa.
Costa, 25, scored the Spanish sides crucial second goal at Stamford Bridge as he led Atleti to the UCL final for the first time in over 40 years.
The Blues were so impressed with his display that they’ve reportedly decided to step up their infatuation with the Brazilian born striker and meet the rather modest release clause of $50 million in his contract.
Modest? I’m not kidding. To find a clinical striker of Costa’s quality is extremely difficult and bear this in mind, Chelsea paid over $75 million two seasons ago for misfiring forward Fernando Torres. $50 million for Costa in the current market is a bargain.
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The Spanish international, who switched his allegiance from the Brazilian national team to the reigning World Cup champions ahead of the showpiece tournament in his homeland this summer, has scored 35 goals in 41 games this season so far and is on the brink of winning both La Liga and the Champions League with Atletico.
Umm…. why would he leave, then? Money.
If Costa does seal this switch to Chelsea then he can expect to triple his wages instantly, to a reported $300,000 a week, as the Blues’ power in the transfer market is there for all to see. Speaking after Atleti’s defeat of Chelsea in West London on Wednesday, Costa didn’t dismiss the idea of joining Chelsea but did state how happy he is at Atletico.
The age old argument of success and happiness vs. money will once again come to the fore as Chelsea chase Costa and the red-hot striker will have to decide where his future lies.
Get ready for this transfer saga to rumble on all summer long.
Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.
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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.
According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.
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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.
PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.
Jose Mourinho got the
dreaded much-needed vote of confidence from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last weekend, seemingly giving the Portuguese manager a temporary stay of execution despite the Blues’ worst start to a season in 37 years.
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Speaking this week, Mourinho has revealed that while he’s thankful to have been kept on at the club for which he regularly professes his love, he still thinks it was no-brainer for Abramovich. In other words, Mourinho’s not backing down from his incredible, seven-minute rant to one question following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.
Mourinho, on what he’s doing to turn Chelsea around — quotes from the Guardian:
“It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I keep working.
“What’s going on? I do not know. The results with Chelsea at the moment have been really bad. I cannot hide that reality, and I don’t want to. And I struggle to find an explanation. But I assure you: I’m working like never before and we will come out of this. And there is also the Champions League that we will not neglect, for certain.”
What did you expect from Mourinho? Well, you know, I should probably be fired, but thanks to Mr. Abramovich for not realizing this and keeping me employed? It’s simultaneously interesting and the least surprising thing ever, though, that Mourinho claims to not know what’s wrong with Chelsea at the moment. Of course he has a theory (or five), and of course he’s “working like never before” to correct it.
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The most fascinating thing about Chelsea’s sluggish start to the season is to see, hear and read Mourinho speaking from a position of powerlessness. Always the clever one, the one dictating where the discussion goes, the one in charge of every press interaction, Saturday’s rant felt like watching a desperate Mourinho grasping for anything by which to pull himself back up.