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Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have agreed a sensational swap deal that could see Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge next season, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico, has been hailed by many as the best young custodian in Europe thanks to his performances in the Spanish capital in the past three seasons.

But the 21-year-old would like to stay in Madrid, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanting star striker Costa in return. David Moyes had hoped to line up the forward for a move to Old Trafford.

Costa has netted 19 goals in La Liga this season, second only to cross-city rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real.

Mourinho’s top priority in the summer is to sign a striker, with the Portuguese ruling out making a move for a frontman in January.

Chelsea wanted keeper Courtois to sign a new deal despite having never played for the Stamford Bridge side, but the Belgian has said he would prefer to be playing for a club permanently.

Courtois has previously said he will only return to Chelsea to be No 1 keeper ahead of Petr Cech.

‘It is not up to me to say I am going to be No 1,’ Courtois said. ‘But neither do I want to go to a team and not play. I want to play, if not at Chelsea, then at another team.

‘I know that Atletico want to make an effort to sign me, but it depends on Chelsea, on what they want and how much they are going to ask,’ Courtois said.

‘First my agent is going to talk with Chelsea to see when I can speak with someone there, and from there we can take another step.

‘Now Atleti are waiting until Chelsea says something. Maybe by the end of March, more or less.’

With Cech still performing for Chelsea, a swap deal would be very attractive for the London side due to the FFP regulations.

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