As reported by The Sun, unsettled Chelsea star Diego Costa has taken a new step in his attempts to force a move away from Stamford Bridge this season.
Costa has been absent from Chelsea training all summer after a well-documented bust up with boss Antonio Conte and it appears the feud has no chance of being resolved anytime soon.
The Sun report that he has even begun the process of moving his family from near the Blues’ training ground to Spain, with the striker still eager to force a move away to Atletico Madrid in January.
The paper also say the situation is so dire that the striker doesn’t even want to return to the club to clear out his locker.
With new, damaging headlines now appearing regularly regarding Costa and his relationship with Chelsea, it’s clear the club must find a resolution to this saga soon. Whether it’s resolving to sell him to Atletico Madrid, or creating an environment for the player to come back and play regularly for the club again, Antonio Conte and the Blues hierarchy must take the lead.
Costa has been a fantastic player for the Stamford Bridge side, but that relationship is now coming to an end and the club must make sure any transition or transfer goes as smoothly as possible, without drama that could damage their season going forward.
He is of course still an asset, but finding closure to this crisis and moving on will be more valuable than any monetary deal for the striker in January, wherever he ends up.