Much of the talk amongst the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern over the last few months has surrounded the future of a certain Diego Costa.
The Blues in the bar were largely convinced the Spaniard would depart west London after three years to either Atletico Madrid or the Chinese Super League, though a transfer line from Guillem Balague has sparked debate today.
Writing on his Sky Sports column, the La Liga expert has suggested any interest in the forward has died down. Los Rojiblancos recently saw their transfer ban upheld by the CAS, though Balague doesn’t seem to think they would have been able to afford him anyway.
He believes the La Liga giants would have been able to bid between €25-€30m, a fee he reckons would be snubbed by the Blues. Furthermore, interest from China is said to have ‘cooled’ of late, despite recent reports of a £76m bid from CSL side Tianjin Quanjian.
Though many of the Chelsea fans propping up the bar had got used to the idea of seeing him leave the club this summer, few would argue against the fact they will be stronger with him leading the line.