logo

08 July 2017

Diego Costa willing to have showdown talks with Antonio Conte over Chelsea future and may play for Blues again

DIEGO COSTA is willing to have showdown talks with Antonio Conte — and could yet play for Chelsea next season.

The Spain striker is open to a Stamford Bridge return despite being dumped by boss Conte via text message last month.

Diego Costa has already said his goodbyes to several of his Chelsea team-mates
Diego Costa has already said his goodbyes to several of his Chelsea team-mates
PA:Press Association
Diego Costa has been enjoying his holidays during the post season ahead of Chelsea's pre-season training in three days' time
Diego Costa has been enjoying his holidays during the post season ahead
Instagram

Costa is in limbo, with his preferred move back to Atletico Madrid impossible before January because of the Spanish side’s transfer ban.

However, the Blues’ long-time target Romelu Lukaku’s probable move to Manchester United has opened the door for a possible reconciliation.

The 28-year-old needs to be playing to be considered for Spain’s World Cup squad next summer — and sources close to the player insist he would return to London.

Costa rejected a new contract offer from the Blues at the end of last season, a decision which Conte  saw as untrustworthy.

Chelsea are now faced with paying over the odds for the likes of Andrea Belotti or Alvaro Morata, who would each cost in excess of £70million.

They also have an interest in Swansea’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente but he is not in Costa’s class.

Chelsea could be forced to try and make Diego Costa and Antonio Conte make a truce
Chelsea could be forced to try and make Diego Costa and Antonio Conte make a truce
Rex Features
Antonio Conte wants Diego Costa off his books after telling the striker he has no Chelsea future via text message
Antonio Conte wants Diego Costa off his books after telling the striker he has no Chelsea future via text message
Getty Images
Antonio Conte and Diego Costa at training in Cobham
Antonio Conte and Diego Costa at training in Cobham
Getty Images
Antonio Conte is expected to have an awkward rendezvous when Diego Costa returns to pre-season training with Chelsea
Antonio Conte is expected to have an awkward rendezvous when Diego Costa returns to pre-season training with Chelsea
Getty Images

A truce with Costa — even for just next season — would be a more cost-effective option, though the £180,000-a-week hitman would demand a pay rise.

Costa’s agent, Jorge  Mendes, is understood to have contacted Chelsea chiefs with a view to arranging a peace summit. But senior club officials concede the final decision is the manager’s.

Meanwhile, Conte’s frustration at Chelsea’s lack of transfers is set to be eased with the completion of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move from Monaco.

The Blues will pay around £35m for the France midfielder, while another £34m is going on Roma’s Germany defender Antonio Rudiger.

Player profile on Diego Costa, one of the most sought after transfers


Having seen Lukaku snatched from under their noses, though, fuming Chelsea are reluctant to do business with United over midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Old Trafford club will instead turn their attentions back to Tottenham’s £50m-rated Eric Dier — as SunSport first revealed in March.

United are also finalising Wayne Rooney’s switch back to first club Everton, while Lukaku, 24, has already been training with Paul Pogba in Los Angeles ahead of the United squad’s arrival. 

Chelsea striker Diego Costa rides quad bike through a swamp on holiday

Please follow and like us:

Share
#

Write a comment

3+9 = ?