Reports are coming that Diego Simeone has seen a confident move for struggling Diego Coasta knocked back by Chelsea as Hiddink believes the controversial striker still has lot to give and the veteran Dutchman already chalked out some special plans for Costa.
Simeone, who is apparently the Blues’ No.1 target to be their permanent manager when the season ends, recently made an enquiry about the striker’s availability following his frustrating season at Stamford Bridge. But now it seems the new Chelsea boss beleives Costa can fire again if he is utilized properly.
The first public comment Guus Hiddink made after being appointed as interim manager was Chelsea will not sell Diego Costa despite his struggle this term, but Diego Simeone still regards the former Atletico striker his preferred choice and also wants to see him as an important part of his long term plans if he replaces Hiddink at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Simeone however, has a buy-out clause of almost £8m and leads Chelsea’s shortlist of potential managerial replacements with Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri also included in the list.
Chelsea has been highly linked with Atletico’s out-of-favour attacker Jackson Martinez but he will not be loaned out unless Atletico can bring someone to replace Martinaze. Paris Saint Germain defender Marquinhos, who is not so happy after losing his first team place, also is a major transfer target for the struggling EPL giants. PSG are not in a mood to let go the defender but Chelsea are trying to sign him since last summer after they missed out the chance to sign Everton’s John Stones and are supposedly ready to start a fresh new bid.
According to Spanish media outlet AS, Diego Costa first wants Diego Simeone to guarantee him that he will be there with Atletico Madrid next season despite Chelsea’s repeated offers, only then he will leave Stamford Bridge in the current transfer window. The Spanish publication also suggested the deal to bring back Costa remains complicated because the La Liga outfit would need to cash in with Jackson Martinez to splash in enough fund to start the bidding.
Costa however has been highly linked with a potential return to the Vicente Calderon since earlier in the summer when another Spanish publication Marca reported, the striker was not happy with London’s lifestyle. But Atletico eventually closed the door on their target after turning all the attention instead to Jackson Martinez, spending around £25.7 to Porto to sign the Colombian international.
But after Simeone watched both Martinez and Costa struggling to fire during the first part of the season, rumours has increased in recent weeks linking Costa to his former club.