Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Diego Costa is expected to turn up to training on Monday next week ahead of the Blues’ beginning of pre-season, with a deal with Atletico Madrid yet to be agreed upon.
The Spanish forward has fallen out with Antonio Conte to a point where it is believed that their relationship cannot be mended. The Italian notified Costa by text that he is no longer wanted at Chelsea, and the 28-year-old has reportedly already started saying his goodbyes to Chelsea teammates.
However, he is still expected to turn up to the club’s Cobham training ground on Monday according to ESPN.
Atletico are Costa’s only serious suitors and the striker is believed to be determined to fight his way back to his former club – which may be tricky considering the Madrid based team’s transfer embargo.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in the hunt for a replacement for Costa, and while many believed that Conte was on the verge of a deal with Everton for the services of Romelu Lukaku, that appears to be all but over now that Manchester United have reportedly agreed on a £75m deal to bring him to Old Trafford.
This does leave the door open for Alvaro Morata though – who was expected to be joining United this summer. Conte and Morata have a very good relationship; in fact it was Conte that took Morata to Juventus in 2014.
Chelsea have also been strongly linked with another move for Swansea’s Fernando Llorente, after failing with a bid in January.
Llorente worked with Conte at Juventus as well as Morata and the Spaniard’s departure from the Liberty Stadium would give Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham more of a chance at first team action next season.