Friday, October 7, 2022

Chelsea Rebel Closes In On Atletico Madrid Switch For Just £54m: Have The Blues Incurred A Loss?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Chelsea have started their new season in the Champions League in the best possible way, having won their first match in the competition by a whopping 6-0 score line against newcomers Qarabag. This also marked the first match after the Blues missed last season, having finished the 2015/16 in disastrous fashion, on the 9th position in the league table.

However, their coach Antonio Conte has been looking for another striking option who can take the burden of scoring goals from the head of his Spanish spearhead Alvaro Morata, who was brought into the side from Real Madrid this summer. He opted to add the rebellious striker Diego Costa to his side for the Champions League, but it seems that the player might not be playing for the reigning Premier League champions in the new season and might be offloaded as soon as possible.

The hot headed Spaniard, who was the top scorer for his side in the last season and was the main architect behind their gallant campaign in the Premier League, was handed a secret message from the Italian coach, depicting the fact that he was no more a part of his plans for the next season.

Costa went on to announce it publicly, making Conte furious about his “unprofessional” behaviour and started a rift between the player and the coach. The club later joined in and made it clear that any decision taken by the wily Italian tactician was the final word for them, which literally ended any hope of seeing him in a Chelsea jersey in the future.

Speculations are rife that the player might be on his way to join his former club Atletico Madrid in the next few days, which will, however, not let him be eligible to train with Los Colchoneros until his registration is finalised in January. Costa is reportedly eager for a move to his former club and has arrived at the Spanish Capital so as to force the deal and help his career back on track.

As per sources, the Blues have also agreed to the deal involving an amount of £54 million, which might not be the proper pricing for the player. He has been the star of the show for them and kept their hopes alive throughout the last term to win the Premier League and has been in prolific form.

His valuation should have been much higher than what has been prescribed by both the clubs in their initial negotiation as he deserves a much better farewell from the club who has been benefited by his scoring ability since his arrival in 2014. Have Chelsea missed a trick letting him leave at just £54 million?

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