Just some months ago, Chelsea striker Diego had massive interest from the Chinese Super League with the moneybags from china willing to spend as much as £80m for his signature.
Fast forward to July and the striker’s market value has crashed tremendously.
However, Chelsea won’t sell him cheaply and are holding out for £44m for the Spain international, who is still seen as almost certain to return to Madrid.
Atletico had hoped to take advantage of the situation and get him for a cut-price £25m due to Conte’s willingness to replace him, but the English champions have so far refused to budge.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone has insisted they sign his former top scorer and
sources in Madrid say that bringing back Costa as well as making one other top signing for when their player registration ban is lifted in January was one of the requests set by Simeone in agreeing to remain at Atletico for at least another year.
Chelsea have agreed to sign Morata but the Blues won’t still sell Costa on the cheap and the spain international may now be a liability after falling out with Conte.