Atletico Madrid told to stop hunt for Chelsea striker, switching attention to Liverpool forward

On Tuesday, reports in Italy claimed Diego Costa was close to returning to Atletico Madrid, but Blues coach Antonio Conte squashed those rumours by stating he won’t sell the 27-year-old.

The Spanish striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for months, as he experienced a massive dip in form last season, while Atletico have, on multiple occasions, publicly declared their intention of bringing the Spain international back to La Liga.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo revealed his club are close to landing Costa. “We like him a lot, I’ll admit it. We’re talking with the player and we’re working to bring him back to Atletico Madrid. We’re close, but don’t make me say any more,” Cerezo told Gazzamercato (via Football-Italia).

Earlier reports consistently claimed the Blues would want a fee in the region of £40 million for their striker, but Conte put and end to the rumours Costa is leaving Stamford Bridge.

“Diego Costa is our player. He’s a fantastic player with fundamental importance. He’s very happy and is working hard,”, the Italian boss said, according to The Guardian.

Consequently, reports emerged that Atletico have switched their attention to Liverpool’s Divock Origi. According to Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones, Los Merengues are convinced the Belgian forward could fit Diego Simeone’s style perfectly.

However, the report also states Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remains a big fan of the 21-year-old.

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