Chelsea try to sign Diego Costa for £31.999m. If they pay the £32m buyout clause the cost rises to £45m+

Why have Chelsea still not officially signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid?

For weeks now papers in both Spain and England have reported that Costa will swap to Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge this summer, with the commonly touted line being that the Blues will fork out £32m to get the deal done.

That fee relates to Costa’s reported buyout clause at Atleti.

Now, however, an interesting set of updates have been released by sports lawyer Jake Cohen, aka @JakeFCohen, explaining that Chelsea are in fact still negotiating the deal with the Rojiblancos in order to save millions in taxes.

According to reports, if Chelsea can land the Sp-razilian striker for £31.999m, and avoid paying the buyout clause price, then the Pensioners will avoid taxes which could make the deal worth more than £45m in total.

Read the tweets on why Chelsea are trying very hard to save £100,000 in the Diego Costa deal below.