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Diego Costa, Lazar Markovic, Eliaquim Mangala

With a festival of summer World
Cup football ahead, Jose Mourinho
will be looking to bring world-class
talent to his squad at Stamford
Bridge ahead of next season.
Chelsea came so close to glory
during the 2013-14 campaign with
an impressive run in the
Champions League and a Premier
League campaign that only faltered
in the final weeks.
Here we take a look at three
players recently linked with the
Blues and the progress on their
chances of joining the west London
Diego Costa
After his heartbreak in the
Champions League final, it seems
Diego Costa's move to Stamford
Bridge could hinge on the future of
a Manchester City player.
John Cross of the Mirror reports
Atletico Madrid want City striker
Alvaro Negredo to join them as
Costa's replacement.
Negredo played 32 times for City
last year in the Premier League,
scoring nine times, per Squawka ,
but was used considerably less as
the season went on by the English
champions—even with Sergio
Aguero consistently injured.
With David Villa also thought to be
leaving Atletico, per Cross, Diego
Simeone will need a striker of
pedigree, and Negredo has an
excellent track record in La Liga.
Costa has been one of the premier
strikers in the world this year and
has recorded stunning figures.
Sid Lowe of The Guardian recently
assessed Costa and gave his
opinion on the player:
Costa is the player Mourinho needs
at Chelsea, and the club have to
secure him as fast as they can.
The lack of a world-class striker
cost Chelsea on two separate fronts
last season; who knows what the
Blues would have achieved if they
had a player like Costa.
Lazar Markovic
It appears Chelsea have lost out to
Liverpool in the race for the
signature of Lazar Markovic.
Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star writes
that the Anfield club will beat
Mourinho in the battle for the £30
million-rated attacker as Brendan
Rodgers looks to build a squad fit
for the demands of Champions
League football.
The 20-year-old Benfica star only
joined the Portuguese giants last
year and has featured 39 times for
the club in the domestic league
and European competition, scoring
six times, per WhoScored.com .
The player would have been a
useful addition to the Chelsea
squad, adding a youthful option to
Mourinho's attack.
However, Liverpool's needs are
greater in the wide positions as
they look to create a viable
supporting cast for Luis Suarez in
what will be a hugely significant
campaign for the Reds, next
Eliaquim Mangala
Porto ace Eliaquim Mangala has
put his club future on hold until
after the World Cup, frustrating a
host of big clubs, including
Turrell of the Daily Star reports the
French international wishes to
concentrate on his country's
campaign this summer, with
Mangala saying to press in France:
"My manager told me nothing. On
a transfer, we will see after the
World Cup. I go on holiday after
the World Cup, then start working
at FC Porto and see what will turn
up. The market at the moment, I
do not care."
Mangala is one of the hottest
defensive talents in Europe at
present, and he will not be short
of offers in the coming months.

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