Chelsea: New deal for in form star; defensive target contacted; Mikel set for exit
Diego Costa is set to see his fine start to the season rewarded with a massive new contract, say the Mirror. The Spaniard has scored 13 goals in 17 Premier League games this campaign after Atletico Madrid attempted to take him back to Spain in the summer, which has seen doubts about his fitness evaporate.
His current deal, worth £150,000 per week, will see a £50,000 per week increase and be extended to 2021, when he will be 33, from the summer of 2019. The club is desperate to tie him down amid fresh speculation linking him with a move back to the continent.
One of Chelsea’s biggest aims for the January transfer window is believed to be the addition of another central defender, and reports in Turkey claim that Chelsea have made contact with Dick Advocaat’s club over a transfer for Simon Kjaer.
The 27-year-old Dane has made 22 appearances for the Turkish Super Lig side so far this season and has captained the club on occasion. His form has been impressive of late and shows improvements on his form at Lille, Wolfsburg and Roma, when he was tipped for big things as a youngster.
A player nearing the end of his current deal is midfielder Mikel John Obi, or John Obi Mikel as he was previously known, as his exit was seemingly confirmed by Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr, who revealed:
I saw Obi Mikel in London. He is in advanced discussions with Olympique Marseille. He will leave Chelsea for free, this is a serious option.
The 29-year-old is yet to feature under Antonio Conte and has only figured in one pre-season friendly since the start of pre-season. Now, a move to the Ligue Une side seems likely with Conte seeking other midfield targets.
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