Chelsea close on Costa

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Diego Costa Atletico Madrid celeb Celta VigoGettyImagesDiego Costa could move to the Premier League in January.

It's only been a matter of hours since Fernando Torres earnt some well deserved praise from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after scoring a brace in his side's Champions League win over Schalke, but the Spaniard's future is once again under a cloud. According to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho is keen to add more firepower to his strike force in January, with Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa the number one target. As Samuel Eto'o works his way into favour at Stamford Bridge, the signing of Costa could all but push Torres out. Atletico could demand up to £35 million for Costa, but Mourinho would be happy to fork out the cash in a bid to secure the title for Chelsea.

Costa may not be the only Spanish striker to move to the Premier League midway through the season, with Arsenal edging closer to securing Fernando Llorente. The Juve forward is yet to cement his place since moving to Italy from Athletic Bilbao and is keen to make a change in a bid to rescue his hopes of a World Cup call-up. The Mirror reports the Gunners spoke with Llorente's representatives over the summer and have continued to keep tabs on the 28-year-old.

Here's a name for the future: Marco Cestagalli. The 15-year-old defender may only be a member of AC Milan's youth system, but his impressive performances of late have reportedly attracted interest from Tottenham and Aston Villa, according to Tutto Mercato. Both clubs are keen to get Cestagalli on their books as soon as possible.


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