Chelsea: Two new additions planned; Lampard discusses return; Simeone explains Costa deal collapse
The £60 million received from the sale of Brazilian playmaker Oscar will be reinvested into the Chelsea squad with Antonio Conte looking to make at least two additions, claim the Telegraph. Conte is keen to make additions in defence and in midfield with names such as Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule linked.
Antonio Conte also joined technical director Michael Emenalo on a scouting mission to monitor Monaco duo full-back Djibril Sidibe and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko when they played at Wembley against Tottenham in the Champions League.
Frank Lampard has also discussed the possibility of a return to Chelsea, though he has played down an immediate return, saying:
“I’m still waiting for the five-year contract to come through from Chelsea, they haven’t called yet! We used to get those easily! Myself and John are Chelsea through and through. Whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea, whether that’s with my season ticket watching them, but I don’t know. I will be in very close contact, whether I have a role, that’s not all in my hands so I can’t go any further than that. I am very relaxed about it, which is a nice place to be. I’m not kind of eager that the end of my career is coming and thinking, ‘What’s going to happen now?’ I’m relaxed and if the right thing comes, then I’ll take it. Obviously Chelsea, I would love that, but it doesn’t always work that way.”
The fan favourite would certainly be welcomed back with open arms by fans at Stamford Bridge, who have sung his name when Lampard has been to the ground as a spectator of late.
Atletico Madrid manager has spoken to Marca to explain why a move for Diego Costa failed to materialise in the summer, as he told them:
“I was crystal clear with Diego about what we were trying to do and how long we’d wait for an answer and that’s why we’ve still got a great relationship today. The problem we came up against was that there tend not to be buyout clauses in England and so Chelsea could say to us: ‘we want £180m’ or ‘we don’t want to sell’. From my point of view both I and the club did everything we possibly could to get him back to Atletico but what happened was we set a date after which we had to take action and we signed Kevin Gameiro instead.”
Atletico’s loss has been Chelsea’s gain with Costa now back at his best with some superb form taking him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
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