In Focus: The end nears for Diego Costa and Chelsea

According to the Sun, Chelsea forward Diego Costa has rejected the chance to move to Juventus this summer as he hopes for a return to former club Atletico Madrid.

What’s the word?

The Serie A champions are understood to have made a move for the 28-year-old marksman, who has been struggling to wholly convince of late despite a strong first half of the campaign. Still, though the Spaniard has previously suggested he is not happy with living in London, he is said to have rejected interest emanating out of Turin as he doesn’t want to operate as a second choice to Gonzalo Higuain.

In fact, Costa is reportedly eager to return to the Spanish capital, where he left three years ago to join the Blues under Jose Mourinho, despite recently saying he wouldn’t push for a move back to the Vincente Calderon last summer.

He’s also believed to have a money-spinning offer from the Chinese Super League, a deal Chelsea are thought to believe turned his head prior to his slump in form.

Do Chelsea really need him?

Well, it’s hard to argue that Costa is one of the best forwards in Europe when in his best form. However, while he is virtually unplayable at times, his struggles to perform in the second half of the season will undoubtedly be a worry for Antonio Conte and his staff.

Amid links with both Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku, perhaps cashing in on Costa now could help the club embark on a new era in west London, as they try and battle on all fronts while financing a new stadium.

 


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