When Chelsea won the Premier League title, the Blues in the bar of the Transfer Tavern were looking forward to a strong and stable summer under Antonio Conte.
Having failed to defend their league title two seasons ago, our west London locals were hopeful a relatively uneventful summer – barring a few big name additions – would help them right the wrongs of 2015/16.
So, the recent bombshell dropped by Diego Costa in regards to his future at the club had our resident drinkers fearing a repeat of that dreadful campaign. Having revealed Antonio Conte no longer wants him at the club, the Spaniard has been linked with moves to both Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.
A return to the Spanish capital has long been touted for the 28-year-old and comments sourced in the London Evening Standard (originally made to Cadena SER) suggest Costa is willing to make a move, despite the La Liga giants’ transfer ban.
Los Rojiblancos are unable to register new signings until January, though speaking after Spain’s win over Macedonia, Costa has hinted signing for the club and then being loaned out could be an option this summer.
“Signing for Atletico doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be playing. I could be loaned out”, he said.
“Chelsea are my owners. If they want to sell me, they’ll have to sell me. I don’t know about my future. I have a contract with Chelsea and they are the ones who know what they will do with me. I have to wait to see what decision my club makes.”
For their part, Chelsea are not thought to be willing to sell him on the cheap, though many of our west London locals would like to see a quick end to his saga and for the club to focus on potential arrivals this summer.