Chelsea have decided that Diego Costa is their first-choice transfer target this summer and have opened negotiations to sign the Atletico Madrid striker, according to reports.
The Blues are widely expected to bring in a big-name striker this summer and have settled on Costa.
They have now begun putting plans in place to secure his £35m signing. Negotiations between third-party agents have already begun as Chelsea aim to thrash out a deal, the Daily Express claims.
Costa, aged 25, has 31 goal in 41 games so far this season, helping his club to the top of the La Liga table and the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the process.
Manager Jose Mourinho wants to tie-up the deal before the Brazilian-born Spain international has the opportunity to push his asking price up even further at this summer’s World Cup.