Chelsea striker Diego Costa will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, according to he club’s former assistant coach Ray Wilkins.
The Spaniard is one of the key players for the Blues this season and had ground out many victories for the Blues over the course of the season. However, he has been strongly linked with a move back to Spain while there were offers from China as well during the winter window.
The 28-year old has earlier hinted he was close to moving back to home club Atletico Madrid last summer but has instead stayed put and the Blues have managed to get the best out of him this season and a move back to Madrid is pretty much in the cards believes Wilkins.
He further suggested that Costa could move to China in future but at this moment he thinks that Costa should stay at Stamford Bridge and play for Chelsea in Champions League next summer.
‘I think Diego Costa will leave if I’m honest,’ Wilkins told Sky Sports.
‘I think he should stay and play in the Champions League for Chelsea. When you go to China you’re saying your career is finished.
‘I would say he might go financially.’
Costa has scored 18 goals for Chelsea this season and have 6 assists to his name across all competitions and if Chelsea are going to need to replace him, Ray Wilkins believes Romelu Lukaku would be the perfect replacement for the Spanish international.
‘Do they get Griezmann or Lukaku?
‘I would go for Lukaku as I think they need that strength and power.’
Lukaku is one of the primary striker targets for Chelsea and Antonio Conte had tried to sign him last summer but the Belgian had decided to stay with Everton. He has scored an impressive 25 goals for the Toffees across all competitions making him one of the best young strikers in the world.
Chelsea would go all-out to sign him this summer and even more if Costa leaves as he is a proven striker in Premier League and a move back to Stamford Bridge would be ideal for the 24-year old as well.