Connect in the back of the net

Diego Costa making the text message that Antonio Conte sent to him informing that he has no future with Chelsea known to the public could end up costing the Premier League champions millions of pounds as potential suitors now are aware the Spain forward is unsettled at Stamford Bridge.

The fact the striker has publically announced that he has been told by Conte he can leave would appear to undermine Chelsea’s bargaining position with possible buyers.

“Costa could also even pursue the payment of a loyalty bonus if sold given he has not formally asked for a transfer and has been told the club are actively looking to move him on,” according to The Guardian.

At first Mourinho spoke for Costa rebuffing a mid-season move. However, an end of season move is not going to be adverse for Costa. He is still going to be sold at what is quoted in the range of $66 million.

 

Played a key part in the club’s recent success

Costa, who is with his national squad has played a significant part in his club side’s title success.

He says he will find a way out considering his relationship with Conte and the club has been fractured beyond repair.

“Yet Chelsea have made clear to the 28-year-old that he will not be permitted to negotiate his own exit and, instead, the club will take the lead in overseeing the departure of a player whose contract has two years to run,” according to The Guardian.

Chelsea had initially hoped to sell Costa to Tianjin Quanjian for £76m but their chances of generating such a fee, which could have been used instead in the pursuit of the now-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, have been complicated by the player’s comments to the media after Spain’s draw with Colombia on Wednesday night.

This is following Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia. It will be difficult for him to go back to Madrid given the club’s transfer ban.

 

Close to Madrid return

Chelsea is closer to making a summertime deal for the Madrid striker.

The Blues traveled to the Vincente Calderon on Wednesday where Diego Costa scored the match-winner in Los Colchoneros in a 1-0 victory over Granada. 

He helped Atletico into 1st place in La Liga, being one point ahead of Barcelona and three away from Real Madrid.

There are rumors that Jose Mourinho is looking to get a deal for Costa before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. At the Cup “the striker will be representing Spain after his recent switch was confirmed by FIFA this past winter,” according to Prindiville of NBC Sports.

 

The type of striker managers seek

Mourinho describes how Portuguese managers and teams are always on the lookout for large powerful strikers and Costa fits what they look for well.

Romelu Lukaku also fits this mould, but he has opted for a move to Old Trafford.

 

“The aging Samuel Eto’o, ineffective Fernando Torres and seldom used Demba Ba all represent surplus goods when compared to Costa. The combustible striker has been in dashing form this season, with 32 goals in 42 total appearances, 24 of which have come in La Liga,” according to Prindiville of NBC Sports.

This move can be summed up as not a good one for Chelsea.

 

Written by Jenna Marie Betz

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