Diego Costa may not be heading out the Chelsea exit door with manager Antonio Conte ready to clear the air with the Spanish striker.
The Blues recently lodged a £62m bid for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United for £75m.
However, a source close to the Daily Star says that Costa could indeed play for Chelsea again next season, despite Conte stating in the past that he would not be part of his plans.
The insider said: “Why not?
“Crazier things have happened – it’s only a spat and I believe Chelsea are trying to make things calm.”
However, Chelsea were insistent on Monday that Costa was still not part of their plans for the 2017/18 season.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, with Turkish champions Besiktas also keen on sealing a six-month loan deal due to the Spanish club’s transfer ban – they can’t register players until January 2018.
But, if Chelsea do wish to keep hold of Costa, they could be the ones to maintain his services until he is allowed to rejoin his former club.
The whole scenario surrounding the fiery forward has been nothing short of farcical and has lead to Chelsea almost regressing in this transfer window.
Costa was the central to the Blues’ success last season, scoring 20 Premier League goals and leading the line in his brilliant, unique manner.
Some fans will argue that Conte should have been desperate to keep him, not telling him he can leave and then fail to sign the likes of Lukaku.