Reports emerging from Stamford Bridge suggest that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will only consider leaving the club when Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban has been lifted. The 28-year-old Spanish striker revealed that Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte sent him a text message informing him that he wouldn’t be part of his plans at Chelsea next season a few days back.
Various speculations have heavily linked Diego Costa with a move back to the La Liga to rejoin his former club, Atletico Madrid. News sources are reporting that Chelsea have already commenced negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the reported return of Diego Costa to the Vicente Calderon.
It is being speculated that Chelsea have slapped a £50 million price tag on the Spanish international, a transfer fee which is believed will help to fund their coffers as they reportedly continue their pursuit of Everton striker and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.
If Atletico Madrid were to secure the services of Diego Costa this summer, they would loan him out with his return to the Vicente Calderon likely to happen when the transfer ban is lifted in the New Year. Daily Star has claimed that Diego Costa has refused to leave Chelsea till when the transfer ban is lifted in January.
The likes of AC Milan and Juventus have been linked to Diego Costa with the forward man ruling out a move to China. However, he also has no plans of playing in Italy and wants to remain at Chelsea till he can get a return to Atletico Madrid according to Daily Star
Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge outfit is being linked with a move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as he’s being considered as the perfect replacement for Diego Costa. Bayern Munich released a statement dismissing reports that the Pole wants to leave the Bavarians.
Diego Costa contributed 20 Premier League goals last season to help Chelsea to the Premier League title, and also secure a spot and return to the UEFA Champions League competition next season. He still has 2 years left on his current contract with Chelsea and is on a £185,000 weekly deal.