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03 August 2017

Chelsea face paying Diego Costa £185,000-a-week until JANUARY as striker snubs AC Milan loan move

CHELSEA face the prospect to paying outcast Diego Costa’s wages until JANUARY as the forward is not keen on joining AC Milan.

Instead of offloading the striker the champions could be shelling out another reported £185,000-a-week until he leaves next year.

Diego Costa could end up being payed by Chelsea until January if he snubs AC Milan
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Diego Costa is desperate for a move back to Atletico Madrid
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That’s around another £3.7million the Blues could pay the Spaniard for doing nothing.

SunSport have been told, despite his agent Jorge Mendes holding meetings in the Italian capital with Milan top brass, Costa is still holding out for a return to Atletico Madrid by any means necessary.

The Italian giants have offered him an escape route out of West London – but only on a long term deal.

Costa, 28, was the club’s top scorer last term with 22 goals – but has no future at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.

The Blues boss decided to axe Costa in January following their training ground spat amid speculation he wanted to move to the Chinese Super League and join Tianjin Quanjian.

The striker – who has two years left on his contract – has been training alone while the rest of the squad were away on their pre-season tour of the Far East.


Roman Abramovich faces the prospect of having to pay Diego Costa’s wages until January
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Diego Costa trains on a beach to keep fit for potential move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid

Costa has made his feelings known on social media when he ‘liked’ the club’s official Instagram picture of Alavaro Morata’s signing being announced.

The forward is still sunning himself in his native Brazil and is hoping super-agent Mendes can find a way for him to get back to Spain, without having to get there via Italy.

Even the prospect of a mooted loan stint in Italy until Atletico’s transfer embargo is lifted in January is not exactly filling the striker with joy.

Diego Costa is not wanted at Chelsea by club manager Antonio Conte
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Diego Costa has not returned to Chelsea for pre-season after being told he can leave
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Diego Costa is in his native Brazil as he looks for a new club
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And he still could end up back at Cobham until the next transfer window opens.

Conte runs a tight ship and would not stand for the wantaway forward to be around the training ground which could cause problems while attempting to defend the Premier League title.

So Costa could yet be spending more time training on his own back in South America at the huge expense of the champions.


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Diego Costa doesn't seem to be missing Chelsea life as he jet-skis with pet DOG in Brazil
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