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Chelsea round-up: Costa wants to leave; substantial bid for wing-back; deal for midfielder close

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Chelsea round-up: Costa wants to leave; substantial bid for wing-back; deal for midfielder close

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has told former club Atletico Madrid he wishes to rejoin them this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Costa was told via text message two weeks ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte’s plans, and a return to Spain looks his most likely destination.

In January, the Spanish international was dropped from the match day squad after having his head turned by a big money move to China.

A move to the Far East was thought to be on the cards this summer, but a new 100% tax imposed by the Chinese government on foreign signings has limited the ability of clubs to bring in big names, meaning Costa now prefers a return to Europe.

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The 28-year-old has always said he wishes to return to Atletico, and a bid of around £50 million is expected to be enough to take him back to the Spanish capital.

One player who may be arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer is Juventus wing back Alex Sandro.

The Brazilian is highly rated by Antonio Conte, but his club Juventus have no desire to sell him.

But BBC Sport are reporting Juventus have now received a “substantial offer” for his services.

 

Previous reports said Chelsea had seen a bid in the region of £55 million rejected for Sandro, more than double the £26 million Juventus paid for him two years ago.

Sandro plays on the left of Juve’s five man defence, a position currently occupied at Chelsea by the excellent Marcos Alonso.

However, if Chelsea are really making a bid in excess of £60 million for Sandro, it is safe to assume they are planning to sign him as first choice in that position.

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Finally, the Daily Mail are reporting that a £35 million deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is close, meaning Nemanja Matic could be departing the club.

Bakayoko was superb for Monaco as they won the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-finals and the 22-year-old would represent an excellent acquisition for the Blues.

As for Matic, the Serb has played a huge part in winning two league titles in the last three years, but his lack of mobility and strong passing compared to Bakayoko could mean he’s not too badly missed should he depart.

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