Having been reported that Chelsea top-scorer Diego Costa is to be sold after manager Antonio Conte had enough of his antics, it looks like the tempestuous Brazilian/Spaniard will move on from London. Burly, strong and a touch crazy, many clubs are seemingly unwilling to meet wage demands or fee demands for one of the most brutal forwards in the country. However, with Chinese interest waning and Atletico Madrid, the forward preferred option, banned from making signings, it’s hard to know what to expect next for Costa.
The main rumour swirling today was that of a move to AC Milan. Milan are in the hunt for a forward, with Costa being linked as a potential replacement for the sure-to-be-off Carlos Bacca. The Colombian has enjoyed a poor second season in Milan and looks set to leave the club and move on to elsewhere.
Costa, then, would make a good option for a cut-price deal or even a loan move. Conte wants rid of the forward, and it sounds like he might want to replace him with ex-Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku in a mega-deal return to Stamford Bridge. A Chelsea supporter with close to 100 goals since he left Stamford Bridge in the first place, a return ‘home’ for the Belgian makes sense – especially if there is a Costa-shaped hole in the team.
Lukaku is one of the most impressive young forwards in the world, and would give the Blues a player to build around for potentially a decade. To get him, though, logic dictates that both the fee and the wages of Costa will need to go first to make sure that Lukaku is even affordable in the first place.
Out of all the Premier League deals, then, this might be one with the biggest effect. A change at the top for the Champions would see a wholesale transformation in the way that the club is viewed on the continent, for a start. Replacing an ageing and fiery character like Costa with someone like Lukaku, too, would make obvious sporting gains – will it actually happen, though?
The rumours all point to an exit from London for Costa, with the big forward having done too much damage to stick around. Whether or not he moves on, though, depends on if a team is willing to put up the investment to pay for such a challenging, yet talented, player.