Chelsea planning a late swoop for Premier League striker and more deadline day updates

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to seal a last-minute swoop for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to talkSPORT. Llorente, who has previously played under the Italian manager at Juventus, was also a transfer target for the Blues in January, but a move never realized. The report claims that the Premier League champions are still interested in the 32-year-old, even though they are yet to lodge a bid for the Spanish striker. Llorente, who joined the Swans on a two-year deal from Sevilla last summer, has only one year…

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Another Chelsea star set for China move

Following in the footsteps of his former teammates Ramires and Oscar, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set for a summer move to China, according to the latest report. The Spain international was keen on a huge-money offer from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian in January, but his move was stalled by his manager Antonio Conte. Now, Sky Sports claims that the Chinese club are confident of signing the 28-year-old during the summer. The local press in China has reported that club’s billionaire owner, Shu Yuhui, has made claims that he has…

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A look at the Premier League Golden Boot race

An untimely injury to Tottenham striker Harry Kane has thrown open the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. At the time of writing, Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku leads the race with 21 goals. Tottenham ace Harry Kane is not far behind him, but he is ruled out with an injury at the moment. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea’s Diego Costa also remain in contention, and their presence definitely makes this race a lot more entertaining. One can also not rule out Man Utd star Zlatan Ibrahimovic from making a late surge…

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Chelsea rejected a world-record offer from China for Diego Costa in January

It has been reported that Chelsea rejected a massive £90.3 million transfer offer from Tianjin Quanjin of Chinese Super League for striker Diego Costa in January. According to SFR Sport, Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjin submitted an audacious bid of €107 million to secure the services of Costa. The Spanish International was offered a staggering salary of £85 million over a period of three years. Chelsea’s decision to turn down the offer did not appease Costa, it is understood. It is also believed that this episode sparked a rift between Diego…

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Chelsea star in U-turn over his future

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Chelsea star Diego Costa is set to commit his long-term future to the West London club, according to the latest report from the Sun. The Brazil-born player was a subject of a huge January offer from a Chinese club Tianjin Quanjin which led to differences between him and manager Antonio Conte. The 28-year-old ended up staying at the West London club, but multiple sources subsequently claimed that he could still depart to China in the summer. However, now it appears that the Blues have managed to convince their star player…

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Atletico president dismiss Diego Costa’s China move

Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo has dismissed the possibility of Chelsea striker Diego Costa moving to China in the summer. The Spain international was a subject of a mega-bid from one of the Chinese clubs in January and the offer supposedly led to friction between Costa and manager Antonio Conte. Costa ended up staying with Chelsea but multiple sources have reported that the striker is set to move to China in the summer. However, Atletico President doesn’t agree with this view point. He thinks that the West London club will…

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Diego Costa continues to show class and create controversy

In each of the last two seasons, Diego Costa has been Chelsea’s top goal scorer, despite not always being either fully fit or in the best of form. That was particularly the case during the early part of last season, whereby after scoring 20 Premier League goals in his maiden year with Chelsea, Costa’s goal scoring touch largely deserted him. Specifically during the first half of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, the 27-year-old striker scored just three goals in 14 games, although Costa’s performances markedly improved thereafter, as he rediscovered…

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Conte confirms Chelsea star might leave this summer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to confirm that striker Diego Costa will be playing for the West London club next season. The 27-year-old, who is yet to feature for the Blues during their US tour due to a minor back injury, has been consistently linked with a return to Atletico Madrid for quite some time now. The La Liga club have also time-and-time again expressed their desire to bring their former striker back to Vicente Calderon. Now, Conte has further fuelled the rumours linking Costa to Atletico by refusing to…

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Chelsea fans believe star player is off this summer

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has dropped a huge hint that he might be departing from the West London club this summer. The 27-year-old, who is currently in the US for the Blues pre-season tour, posted a picture on Instagram with a caption that suggested that he’s bidding farewell to his teammates. Take a look yourself: Thank you very much for all my friends!!! A photo posted by Diego Costa (@diego.costa) on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:06pm PDT The Spain international has been strongly linked with a return to Atletico Madrid…

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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…

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Chelsea close to losing star striker

With Antonio Conte arriving at Chelsea, the Premier League giants were primed for a big hit on the summer transfer market and to sell a set of current players in order to raise money. The Blues have already secured the services of striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder N’Golo Kante, and are now close to selling one of their biggest stars. Reports in Italy claim Diego Costa is close to returning to Atletico Madrid. The Spanish striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for months, as he…

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Chelsea to fund massive bid for star striker by selling their own

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Chelsea are ready for a big summer overhaul with manager Antonio Conte about to be welcomed at Stamford Bridge after Italy was eliminated from Euro 2016 last weekend. The Blues have already splashed the cash on striking reinforcements this summer, landing the highly-rated Belgian Michy Batshuayi for £33 million from Marseille. However, the club looks far from done because, according to a report by Spanish newspaper AS, Chelsea are getting closer to their plans of signing star striker Gonzalo Higuain during this summer transfer market. The Argentina international doesn’t look like he’s ready…

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Chelsea star linked with exit following reported huge bid

Chelsea forward Diego Costa is desperate for a summer exit from the West London club, according to Daily Star. The 27-year-old, who experienced a tumultuous time in the Premier League last season, has reportedly informed the Blues that he wants to join his former club Atletico Madrid. Atletico have, on multiple occasions, publicly declared their intention of bringing the Spain international back to the Vicente Calderon. The report from Daily Star suggests that the Champions League runners-ups have already submitted a £40 million bid for their former player. The Blues…

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Chelsea duo inching closer to exit

Chelsea striker Diego Costa wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid, according to the latest reports. The Spain international was consistently linked with an exit from the club last season and now Atletico president has confirmed that the 27-year-old wants to return. Atletico president Enrique Cerezo was quoted by Antena 3 Sports, via Metro, as saying: ‘We are there, he wants to come. But that is already complicated.’ Costa moved to Stamford Bridge in a £32million move in 2014. He helped the Blues secure the league title in…

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Chelsea verbally agree deal with Serie A star, expect huge offer for Diego Costa

Chelsea are in for a busy summer, as the Blues are expecting to make major moves on the transfer market to overhaul their squad and forget about their poor Premier League season. Incoming manager Antonio Conte is said to have strong relationships with Serie A clubs and that has already resulted in a bid for AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, though their first offer was rejected. However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Emanuele Giulianelli, Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has verbally agreed to join Chelsea this summer with his place in Turin…

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Chelsea want Serie A striker to replace Diego Costa

Chelsea are willing to let go of striker Diego Costa in the summer, according to famous Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. He writes in Spanish newspaper AS that incoming manager Antonio Conte is ready to let go of Costa if the Blues manage to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli during the summer transfer window. The Spain international has struggled with disciplinary problems this season in the Premier League and according to Balague he wants to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. His previous club Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in bringing him…

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Football fans wouldn’t mind a Diego Costa Premier League exit [Tweets]

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A recent report from the Times has claimed that two clubs from China are ready to offer £72.1 million to Chelsea for the services of striker Diego Costa. The reported figure will earn the Blues a substantial profit on the £28.5 million they paid to Atletico Madrid to sign the Brazilian-born striker a couple of years ago. Football fans, including some Chelsea fans, don’t seem to mind the notorious striker’s exit from Premier League: can Diego Costa pls move to China I can’t watch him anymore — Mario (@marinho__97) March…

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Chelsea fans in dismay over latest FA ruling [Tweets]

The FA have imposed yet another ban on notorious Chelsea striker Diego Costa and as expected Chelsea fans are not one bit happy about it. The forward had previously admitted a charge of improper conduct during the FA Cup defeat to Everton and was already serving a two-match suspension. Following the latest ruling, an additional suspension of one game and a fine of £20,000 have been imposed on the Spain international. The FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday (31 March 2016), Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been…

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Chelsea fans are not happy with FA’s latest decision [Tweets]

FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with improper conduct following his misbehaviour in the FA Cup defeat to Everton. The Brazilian-born striker was sent off late in the game after receiving a second yellow for his clashing of heads with Gareth Barry. He appeared to bite Barry during the altercation and flashed a V sign to the Toffees fans while marching off the pitch. However, Barry has since then made it clear that Costa didn’t bite him on the neck, but the FA has decided to charge him with improper…

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PSG call Diego Costa ‘fraud’, Chelsea hit back

Things are heating up as Chelsea prepare to face Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the last-16 tie of the Champions League on Wednesday. The Ligue 1 champions will travel to Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 lead in hand from the first leg. The mind games are already in process between the two sides ahead of the crucial tie. The Paris club’s Twitter account posted a vine calling Chelsea striker Diego Costa “a fraud.” The vine featured a number of superheroes along with Costa with the caption “Spot the Fraud.”…

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Chelsea vs Paris St. Germain – Match preview and team news

Chelsea have the task of overturning a 2-1 first leg deficit if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Paris St. Germain intent on ending their hopes for the second season in succession. It was a closer game than many expected when the sides met in the French capital in mid-February as Chelsea for the most part defended well and managed to grab the all-important away goal through the unlikely source that was John Obi Mikel. Their undoing on the night proved to be a deflected…

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Top 10 market value decreases in the Premier League after January window

The winter transfer window has been over for some time now. Not many big names changed teams during January, but considering the Premier League has crossed beyond the halfway point of the season, players’ market values have been given a serious update. Not many football websites keep up with it like Transfermarkt does, so we’re using their adjustments to look at the 10 biggest market value decreases in the Premier League. Check the top 10 market value increases here! The player who received the biggest decrease in the English top-flight is Radamel…

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Diego Costa breaks nose: “We’ll be a Zorro team”

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is expected to be fit to play in a mask against Newcastle on Saturday after breaking his nose in training on Thursday, according to The Telegraph. The striker was injured in a clash of heads with 18-year-old Canadian youth-team defender Fikayo Tomori, who had been promoted to the senior squad for the remainder of the season to cover for the loss of Kurt Zouma to an ACL injury. The Spaniard will join Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azpilicueta in sporting facial protection this season, with the likes of Cesc…

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Napoli star rejected Chelsea…because he would be a backup to Diego Costa

Gonzalo Higuain rejected a move to Chelsea after Guus Hiddink was unwilling to guarantee that the current Serie A top scorer would start ahead of Diego Costa, according to The Daily Mail. The Argentina international was approached by club officials during the January transfer window, and the Blues were willing to offer more than £40 million for Higuain’s services. However, no formal approach was made to Napoli and it is unclear whether the current Serie A leaders would have been willing to sell their top scorer, as Higuain has hit the net 24 times…

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Watford star calls out team-mate for being “an idiot” and “pathetic”

Troy Deeney has branded his Watford team-mate Juan Carlos Paredes “an idiot” for trying to get Diego Costa sent off. The Ecuador defender was pushed by the Chelsea striker in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. And he reacted by going down holding his face in an obvious attempt to get his opponent red-carded. In the end both players were booked but Hornets’ star Troy Deeney made it clear he wasn’t impressed with his team-mate’s behaviour. “I just thought it was a bit pathetic. If you roll around like an idiot that…

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