Diego Costa caused Jose Mourinho a fair few headaches during his time at Chelsea, and now he’s doing the same to his successor, Antonio Conte.
The Spaniard is believed to want a return to Atletico Madrid, and the FA have just introduced a rule where he can get sent off for swearing at an official – so he’s pretty much nailed on to get a few dismissals next season.
With that in mind, new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eyeing a replacement for the Premier League’s ultimate bastard, with a £50m move for Romelu Lukaku in the pipeline.
According to Di Marzio, the former Italy boss wants the Belgian back at Stamford Bridge, just two years after the Blues sold him to Everton for £28m.
It’s all getting a bit like the Paul Pogba to Manchester United situation, with Chelsea prepared to pay a premium to bring back a player they should have never allowed to leave – and one who they should certainly have placed a buyback clause in his contract – but more money than sense and all that.
Conte’s preferred formation allows for two strikers, and with Costa, Loic Remy and new signing Michy Batshuayi already at the club, another name is needed if Costa does get his move.
It’s thought that if Lukaku seals a return to the Bridge, Atletico can move for Costa, after Diego Simeone identified signing the striker as one of the key reasons to him staying at the Vicente Calderon, and not taking the PSG job earlier this summer.
Lukaku is currently holidaying with Pogba in America (random, but whatever), but once the pair return, they could both be on the move to their former clubs.
It’s big money, but when you consider Pedro was signed for huge money and has been as much use as a blind guide dog, it doesn’t seem so bad…