While writing numerous articles, some defamatory, some laudatory, about incoming Chelsea striker Diego Costa in recent weeks, an odd feeling began to come over us at news.bwin.com/en/.
Little time elapsed between the announcement that the Blues were signing Cesc Fabregas and his appearance in pictures sporting the west London club’s colours.
The truth is a chameleon in an age of endless internet rumours, but King Kanute himself would have trouble denying a ‘target’ being pictured in an official photo in a Chelsea shirt had signed up.
Which leads onto the troubling case of Diego Costa – not so much as a selfie has emerged of the Spazilian in his new strip (don’t’ be fooled by the mock-ups doing the rounds).
“Yes, but the Fabregas move was done and dusted before his first World Cup game” you might very reasonably pipe up.
That’s true, but so, if you believe what you read, was the deal to bring the Atletico Madrid centre-forward to Stamford Bridge.
The BBC reported Chelsea to have agreed a fee to sign Costa on the first of July, announcing him to have passed a medical three days later.
All of which begs the question “Why the hold up?”
In the fullness of time this article will doubtless be exposed as the musing of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, but in the meantime it does seem a little odd.
Especially in light of the fact he managed just a single strike in his last eight games for club and country in an injury-hit end to what was a conspicuously stand-out campaign.
The bwin odds boffins make it 6/5 that the Atleti hero becomes the Blues’ first 20-league goal a season hitman since Didier Drogba.
However, he’ll have to arrive at Stamford Bridge first.