Even though the clock has ticked down on last night’s 11pm transfer deadline, Chelsea fans will have to wait until Diego Costa’s future is sorted.
The striker’s impending exit has dominated talk all summer, yet, as things stand, he still remains a Chelsea player.
There was talk that the Spanish international would seal a loan move to Everton until January, although talk of that move happening has gone quiet over the past few days and the Toffees were unable to secure the move before the transfer window slammed shit last night.
With Costa having no future at Stamford Bridge after falling out with Antonio Conte, the striker is adamant that he only wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.
However, things are rather complicated because the Spanish side cannot register any players until January due to their transfer ban.
That means that if Costa makes a return to Atleti, he will have to seal a temporary loan move elsewhere until the turn of the year to play or he will just have to train with Diego Simeone’s side and bide his time until January.
So, with Costa facing an uncertain future, why may Chelsea fans have to wait another 24 hours until his future is decided?
Well, that’s because the Spanish transfer deadline actually shuts at midnight tonight – a day after its English equivalent.
Although the deadline was last night for the majority of European leagues, the Spanish and Portuguese leagues actually have an extra 24 hours to complete any deals.
It could well turn out to be an interesting Friday for Chelsea fans.
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Premier League clubs were happy to splash the cash, spending over £1billion in this summer’s transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, stumped a world-record fee of £200m to bring Neymar to the Parc des Princes from Barcelona.
The costs of players have been spiralling out of control.
And Hazard, who is currently on international duty with Belgium, has cheekily admitted he would fetch more than the PSG superstar.
“I don’t know how much I would cost. Maybe €300 million?,” Hazard told Belgian paper HLN.
“It all depends on the market. Neymar is a Brazilian, has a lot of potential, is a year younger than I am and played for Barcelona.
“A transfer fee also depends on your contract and on a number of other things.
“We will see how much I am worth if I ever get a transfer.”
Chelsea meanwhile, enjoyed a productive end to the transfer window.
They wrapped up a £23m deal for Torino defender Davide Zappacosta before grabbing Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater for £35m after they were given an extension to sign him.
However, Antonio Conte failed to land Everton star Ross Barkley.
A £30m fee had been agreed between both clubs, but after undergoing a medical, Barkley had a change of heart and decided against the move.