Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid is one of the sagas of the summer.
The Brazilian born striker has spent much of Antonio Conte’s reign being a pain for the Italian manager, but good enough on the pitch to be worth keeping around.
Chelsea decided that situation was to change this summer, but Conte being straight with Costa, who had likely annoyed the manager for some time, has given the striker a victim status he refuses to let go of.
Marca report on Thursday that Chelsea are refusing to budge with Atletico unless Costa returns to England. The London club have wanted Costa to return and face the music, but he’s been hiding out on holiday instead.
Interestingly, Atletico are with Chelsea in this, and various players from the rojiblancos dressing room have contacted the forward urging him to go and sort his situation out.
Chelsea want Costa to have to front up as some kind of punishment for his behaviour, on top of the fines he’s been receiving.
From Atletico’s perspective they want a deal done but given Costa can’t play for them until January, there’s no desperate rush.
The Spanish transfer window closes on Friday.
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England midfielder is trying to force transfer to Chelsea – report
Danny Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request at Leicester City in a bid to try and force through a move to Chelsea, according to reports in the British media.
Sky Sports is reporting that the 27-year-old England midfielder has now made it clear that he wants to quit the Foxes amid talk of a possible move to Stamford Bridge before Thursday’s deadline.
The midfield has been touted as a target for the Blues this summer and it now remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be able to complete a deal before the 23:00 BST deadline on Thursday.
The same article, however, stats that Chelsea have so far failed to meet Leicester’s valuation of Drinkwater. The story says that a fee of around £25m is all that has been discussed until now.
The story also says that Leicester do not want to sell Drinkwater this summer as they consider him to be one of their most important players.
Chelsea have already landed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco this summer, but the story says that the Blues are still keen on landing Drinkwater.
Antonio Conte is looking to build a squad capable of challenging for honours on four fronts this season as the Blues prepare for a return to the Champions League next month.