The Blues striker could leave for China if Atletico Madrid return falls through
Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be set for a shock move to China if a return to Atletico Madrid does not come to fruition this summer.
It has been reported for some time that the Spain international has grown unhappy with life in England, and wants to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The initial thoughts were that Atletico would come back for the 27-year-old, who they sold to the Blues for £32 million in July 2014.
But Atletico’s club president Enrique Cerezo has admitted it will be hard to get the Brazil-born striker back to the Vicente Calderon.
“It is totally logical that Atletico is interested in the return of the striker but to negotiate with Chelsea is very hard, nearly impossible.” Cerezo admitted.
Lucrative deals available
A number of the Chinese Super League’s top clubs are reportedly interested in Costa, in a deal that would be worth £70 million and would double the striker’s wages.
But Atletico is understood to be Costa’s favoured move, having grown fed up of the scrutiny he receives from the press and being vilified in the media, while receiving multiple bans for on-pitch incidents.
However, Antonio Conte, who is to take over from interim boss Guus Hiddink, after the European Championships this summer, is set to hold talks with Costa – whose goals last campaign helped Chelsea convincingly win the title.
Costa, though, has reportedly made his mind up about where he ‘will not’ be next season, and that is seemingly Stamford Bridge.
He, along with Chelsea veteran John Terry, could both be heading to China next season, with Conte’s arrival meaning Terry’s departure hasn’t yet been confirmed, as the Italian could decide to keep the defender at the Bridge for another season.