Diego Costa might just have played his last season for Chelsea after falling out with Antonio Conte while on international duty with Spain.
He is set to leave Stamford Bridge after claiming that Antonio Conte has told him he is not in his plans for next season.
With Atletico Madrid handicapped to make signings this transfer window and China rumours cooling off due to the new rule placing a limit on spending in the Chinese Super League, Costa doesn’t seem to have many options.
AC Milan are interested in signing the Spain international, but the Italian giants are unlikely to be able to cover his £9m-per-season salary.
Chelsea, are prepared to get rid of Costa on a permanent deal this summer, and normally demand a loan club pays the player’s wages, but report by Daily Star suggest that the Blues are ready to support the loan move in order to see the striker leave the club this summer.
The whole drama started last week when Costa revealed that Conte had ditched him by text.
“I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” he revealed.
“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.
“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.
“You have to find a team.”