Diego Costa ready to go head-to-head with Antonio Conte over Chelsea transfer

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Atletico were recently hit with a transfer ban meaning he will only be able to return to the Spanish capital in January 2018.

Despite playing a leading role in Chelsea's Premier League triumph last season, Diego Costa looks set to leave the Blues for Atletico Madrid in the coming days.

As reported by Lewis, the Spain global told reporters Conte had informed him he was no longer part of his plans, drastically reducing the Blues' negotiating powers.

The regulations state that clubs must first register any player they sign before loaning them out to another club, seemingly ending Costa's hopes of moving to Atleti.

While Atletico would love to snap up their former star without any further ado, they will have to wait until the turn of the year to sign and register players due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association imposed transfer ban that forbids them from recruiting this summer.

Such a long period of inactivity would, however, damage Costa's chances of clinching a place in the Spain squad for next year's World Cup finals.

CHELSEA have chopped £30million off of Diego Costa's asking price and will flog home for as little as £50m, according to reports in Italy.

Equally, the prospect of keeping him at Chelsea for six months is risky.

Chelsea might have to swallow financial losses as they subsidise Costa's wages and his value diminishes.

Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been closely linked with the Blues amidst many others and just maybe this deal will help convince them to join Chelsea.

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