Chelsea might be on the verge of a full revamp of their attacking line this summer, with rumours now flowing around that Diego Costa is pondering on a move back to Spain as former club Atletico Madrid previously been linked with him.
The Brazil-born Spain international has enjoyed the last two seasons at Stamford Bridge but is believed to have failed to adjust in West London. His lack of roots in London along with the club’s dreadful league form have reignited suggestions that he could now be looking for an escape route sooner rather than later. Diego Costa decided to leave Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 for a fee worth £32million. It is also believed that Atletico are desperate to resign him, who had netted 35 goals in his final season under Diego Simeone, as the Argentine boss is looking for more firepower up front.
According to a report from ESPN FC, the Spanish title contenders are interested in offering their former leading attacker a deal if Chelsea are ready to let him go, with Costa reportedly not happy with the way Stamford Bridge hierarchy are scouting other strikers ahead of a summer overhaul.
It’s believed that Blues board are still looking for replacements for Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao more than Diego Costa, but the calibre of players are linked every day with the club seems to make the 27-year-old striker feeling uncomfortable. Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain rumoured to be high on the short list.
Costa was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career during the FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Everton on Sunday, a loss which ultimately ended their hopes of finishing the season with any consolation silverware. The Daily Star reports, the fall-out from the red card could have become ‘final straw’ for the frustrated striker.
When asked in December about any possibility of a move back to La Liga with Atletico, Costa was very careful not to rule out anything, claiming: “You never know, look where Filipe Luis is now. Life takes plenty of twists and turns – I always wish Atletico the best and I always follow them, support them from afar.”
Atletico Madrid want to use the huge £32million they have received from selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to fund a potential move for the Costa. Many believe that Diego Simeone regards the controversial striker as his central striker along with Griezmann and Carrasco operating down the flanks and often making a position switch.
According to some Spanish media reports, 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.