Chelsea set for new record signing as £50 million man ‘can leave’

Chelsea target Diego Costa will not be blocked from leaving Atletico Madrid by manager Diego Simeone, according to reports on the Sky Sports website.

The striker is at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wishlist as he aims to rejuvenate his strike-force after a disappointing season in front of goal.

Speaking to AS, Simeone said about Costa’s future: “It depends on him and what he believes is best for his future. I will support any decision.

“It is normal that Chelsea are interested in him. He has good economic potential. Eto’o gets older and [they want] Diego Costa to do their work but now he’s ours.

“If Costa decides to leave the first thing I say is ‘it’s okay by me’. Our philosophy is to improve the player, it was critical for us that Falcao went to Monaco, you cannot say no, it gave us life.”

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