In Focus: AC Milan interest won’t tempt Diego Costa away from Chelsea

According to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli on Twitter, AC Milan are interested in signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spain international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Blues over the course of the last six months and Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian attempted to sign him during the January transfer window.

However, no move materialised and Costa helped his team win the Premier League title.

Despite the fact that he ended the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer and confirmed last month that he would only leave west London to return to Atletico Madrid, it hasn’t stopped Milan declaring their interest in the 28-year-old following the completion of their Chinese takeover.

Why are there still doubts over his future?

While Costa is a key part of the spine of this Chelsea side and was influential in their title win, it hasn’t stopped rumours that Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking to bring another striker to the club this summer, with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata said to be among his top targets.

If either of those did move to Stamford Bridge and became first choice in the side, it would certainly throw the Spaniard’s future into doubt.

Could he choose to go to Atletico?

Not until the January transfer window.

The La Liga outfit failed in their attempts to overturn the transfer ban they are under which means they won’t be able to sign any players this summer.

Do AC Milan really stand a chance?

If they offer Costa a huge wage and he fancies testing himself in Serie A, you never know.

The owners are determined to take them back to the top and if the 28-year-old sees it as a worthwhile project and an opportunity to play more regularly than he might with Chelsea, it could be too good an opportunity to turn down.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, despite the interest from AC Milan it seems likely that Costa will still be at Chelsea until at least January, when he could return to Atletico if things aren’t going his way under Antonio Conte.