Costa sends sarcastic message to Chelsea boss through Fabregas

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

However, Costa and Chelsea appear to be going their separate ways this summer, leaving Conte with a huge gap to fill heading into the 2017/18 campaign.

Diego Costa is to be omitted from Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia, nearly certainly signalling the end of his time at Chelsea.

It is thought that the Belgium global is considering the proposal from the Premier League champions, and it is up to Atletico manager Diego Simeone to convince him to snub the Blues.

According to a report by ESPN, Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not be joining the Blues as they travel to China and Singapore for a preseason tour. Whether the Blues send him out on a six-month loan and then sell him to the Spanish side is a question we will have to find out.

Some have stated AC Milan has shown interest in Costa, but the Spaniard's heart may be set on a return to Atletico.

Manchester United have been trying to reach an agreement to sign midfielder Matic, 28.

Last season, Costa was clearly the favoured striker, with Chelsea's second choice forward, Michy Batshuayi, only starting one game all season, whilst making 19 appearances from the bench, demonstrating that Conte will be looking to buy big in order to replace their star striker.

Signs point to his next destination being in Italy, where he may join the Serie A champions Juventus. However, it is likely that the Belgian youngster will again be used as backup and a more household name will be brought to Stamford Bridge.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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