Chelsea transfers: No official bid for Diego Costa, say Atletico

Chelsea transfers: Atletico Madrid deny claims that the Blues have made an offer for striker Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa Photo: D Delgado/Wikimedia

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has denied claims that Chelsea have made an official approach to sign Diego Costa in the summer.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a £32m swoop for the Spain international striker as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season.

I can say that there is nothing, not officially, from another club to one of our players

Enrique Cerezo

Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in signing the 25-year-old Brazilian-born forward.

However, Cerezo has moved to play down speculation that any club has already made a formal approach to sign the player.

“It’s not the time to talk about signings,” said Cerezo. “There are three very important games ahead.

“Diego Costa was signed when he was 18, almost a child, and nobody guessed what he would be today.

“Chelsea? We don’t want to know when these games are so important. We don’t want to destabilise the team and we can talk about this later.

“I can say that there is nothing, not officially, from another club to one of our players. They’re not on their way to another team.

“If the question is ‘is there a deal for Costa?’ then we haven’t heard anything.”

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