Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 26:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid takes a fall during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Granada CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 26, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Chelsea's push for Premier League silverware this season has been a spectacular way for Jose Mourinho to mark his Stamford Bridge return, but the Blues aren't settled on stopping there.

As per usual, the west Londoners have become linked with a number of high-profile transfers in preparation for what promises to be a most hectic summer period for the English giants.

This week, there's talk of players both coming and going at Chelsea, with Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa heading the bill in terms of speculation.


Diego Costa

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It looks increasingly likely that Diego Costa will be leaving the Vicente Calderon this summer, having enjoyed a prolific stretch of form with Los Rojiblancos, but it may not be Chelsea getting their hands on his signature.

The Daily Mail's Rob Draper this weekend revealed that in order to beat the Blues to Costa's signature, Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is offering Costa tax-free wages of £150,000 a week, not to mention a transfer sum of more than £40 million.

OptaJose show just one aspect of Costa's game that has made him so sought-after of late:

Speaking on Sky Sports' Saturday Night Football in the wake of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday, pundit Jamie Redknapp said that a move to the Blues makes sense for all parties involved:

If Costa was to come to Chelsea then Torres could go back to his first love: Atletico Madrid. That might be a move that makes sense. He is, make no mistake, a brilliant striker. He’s got that pace and is almost Drogba-like with his ability to run beyond people. He has a left foot, he can drive and he can score his own goals.

When we look at Chelsea at the moment I don’t see Torres or Eto’o as the answer for the long term and don’t have the ability to do what Diego Costa can do.

It's no secret that Chelsea's strikers have been the least reliable part of their squad this season, and Mourinho will presumably look to bring in a player who he knows will finish the chances provided by his thriving midfield masses.


Luke Shaw

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Luke Shaw of Southampton controls the ball under pressure from Michael Williamson of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 201
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Luke Shaw has become increasingly associated with a move to Chelsea this summer, but recent reports claim that the transfer could be intercepted by Manchester United.

The Mirror's Dean Jones wrote last week that the Red Devils are set to seal a £27 million move for Shaw's services, even though he signed a new five-year deal with Southampton just last year.

It could be disappointing news for Chelsea, who are currently poised to release Ashley Cole when his contract expires at the end of this season.

More recently, Shaw's Saints teammate James Ward-Prowse has told the Daily Star (h/t Daily Mail's Graeme Yorke) that the left-back will remain grounded and is too "dopey" to let transfer talk inflate his ego:

We knew Luke growing up as the dopey slow one of the group. To see him going out and playing for England is quite strange. We would do education work at the training ground and he'd always be last doing it and somebody would ask him a question and he'd get it wrong. That's just him. It's just his character.

He's a good lad and you hear about some players changing and becoming a different player but he's become a better person for it I think. Credit to Luke he's dealt with it well. With all the media side of it, the attention he's had, he's coped with it well and not let it get to him.

Time will tell as to whether Shaw will end up leaving his boyhood club this summer and, more importantly, where his destination would be should a transfer materialise.


Eden Hazard

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has dropped a big hint that a move back to Ligue 1 could be in the cards this summer, giving Paris Saint-Germain a massive boost in their pursuit of the former Lille marvel.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores their third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Get
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Speaking to Canal+ during the week (h/t Metro's Hannah Duncan), the Belgian international claimed that his spouse is the one who could have final say on such a matter: 

"If my wife was to say: ‘Honey, I’d like you to go to PSG', I would have to take it into account."

However sweet that might appear on the surface, Blues fans will dread hearing their star talk so openly about a potential future at the Parc des Princes, especially when one considers how crucial Hazard has been to the club over the last two seasons.


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