Fernando Torres has thanked Chelsea fans for their support during his
return to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. The
33-year-old praised his former club and fans for their commitment in Atletico’s
final group stage match, at Stamford Bridge.
Torres: “It did not happen, but we will keep on
fighting. Thanks to the Stamford Bridge fans for their support, you will be
forever in my heart #ForzaAtleti”
began his career with Atletico, spending twelve years with Los Colchoneros, and
was the club’s top scorer for five seasons in a row, before departing for
Liverpool. After four and a half free-scoring seasons at the Reds, El Nino
forced a move to Chelsea in January 2011, amid controversy.
It ends 1-1 at Stamford Bridge…
Michy Batshuayi wins it at the death!
“I spoke with him (Morata) before he joined Chelsea and told him I would be always on the phone if he needed any advice or if I could help him. Looking at the start he has made it doesn’t look like he needs any advice at all – already he is playing well and scoring goals. Chelsea have one of the best strikers in Europe – and I am sure he is going to win trophies with them.”
-Fernando Torres; source: Metro
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Chelsea back in for Swans striker
After failing to secure his services in the January transfer market, Fernando Llorente is set to become the subject of another bid from Chelsea as the reigning Premier League champions look to resolve their growing striker crisis.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte remains keen on the Spain international “whose height and ability to hold up the ball, suits Chelsea’s system of playing with just one forward”. And who can blame the Chelsea manager for returning to his previous target? After all, it was the Spaniard’s 15 goals last season that helped keep Paul Clement’s struggling Swansea side in the Premier League. What’s more, Llorente worked with Conte during his time with Juventus, meaning that the Italian boss should know how to get the best out of the hitman.
This story comes after the news today that direct title rivals Manchester United had a bid of £75 million accepted for Everton striker and Chelsea transfer target Romelu Lukaku who had looked certain to secure a move back to West London.
Moreover, with unsettled striker Diego Costa looking for a way out of the London club – with Atlético Madrid the most likely destination – Conte and the Chelsea board must act quickly to assemble an attack capable of competing on all four fronts next season.
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Chelsea could be lumbered with Diego Costa until January
Chelsea could be stuck with want-away striker Diego Costa until the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
As the Daily Mail report, Costa wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Antonio Conte has no interest in keeping him as part of his squad for next season.
However, the tabloid note that Costa only has eyes for Atletico Madrid, who he left to join Chelsea in the summer of 2014. This is where it gets complicated.
Atletico are banned from making transfers, but as the Daily Mail report, in theory, they can still sign players, but will not be able to register them until January. The Daily Mail believe that an option considered was signing Costa and loaning him out until that time, but they note that FIFA prohibit any player being sent out on loan until they are registered.
This means that Costa may well not have any choice but to stay put in SW6, against what the Daily Mail believe would be his, and his manager’s will.
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Chelsea lower their asking price for prolific ace by whopping £35M
Chelsea have been forced to lower their asking price for Diego Costa considerably, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Costa appears to be heading for the exit door at Stamford Bridge, and Di Marzio believes that he knows the Spaniard’s next destination. It is reported that Atletico Madrid are keen to bring Costa back to his former club, with the Chelsea hitman thought to be keen on reuniting with Diego Simeone this summer.
However, there is one problem, as Di Marzio notes, Costa would not be able to be registered by Atletico until January 2018 – but that does not appear to have deterred the La Liga heavyweights.
Atletico may not have to break the bank in order to land the man who scored 36 goals for them in the 2013/14 campaign, either. Di Marzio reports that although Chelsea’s initial valuation was in the region of £88M, they have now lowered that to £53M – a whopping £35M decrease.
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Atletico Madrid open talks to sign £50M-rated Chelsea centre-forward
Atletico Madrid have open talks over re-signing former striker Diego Costa from Chelsea, according to the Mirror.
The Mirror report that Antonio Conte is insistent that Costa will not pull on a Chelsea shirt again, and thus the Spain international is eager to resolve his future before the Premier League champion’s pre-season tour kicks off next month. It looks as though he may well get his wish.
As per the Mirror, Atletico are keen to sign Costa, who has a £50M price-tag on his head, and would loan him out until the January transfer window, when their transfer ban will come to an end.
The Mirror believe that Chelsea will not allow Costa to leave on the cheap, despite it now being common knowledge that he is on the market.
There is no mention in the Mirror’s report of any potential loan destination for Costa, but one way or another, it looks as though his time as a Chelsea player will soon come to an end.
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Atletico Madrid set to table £26M bid for Chelsea hitman
Atletico Madrid are set to make their move to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to the Mirror.
The Mirror believe that Atletico will offer an initial £26M in exchange for their former centre-forward, which the tabloid note is £6M less than Chelsea paid for him back in the summer of 2014. The Mirror do, however, report that performances related add-ons will see the Blues all-but make their money back on the Spain international.
However, there is one, potentially major, issue. As the Mirror report, Atletico are banned from signing players this transfer window, and thus Costa would not be able to join up with Diego Simeone’s squad until January. It is reported that AC Milan were keen to take the 28-year-old on loan, which see the problem solved, but his wage demands mean a deal is unlikely to materialise.
It is reported by the Mirror that there was prior interest from the Chinese Super League, but Costa is not thought to be keen on a move to the Far East. This whole situation, to put it plainly, is an absolute mess.
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Atletico Madrid president speaks out on Diego Costa rumours
Atletico Madrid’s president has told Diego Costa that he must make a decision over his future, as the striker considers not playing for half a year in order to seal a return to his former club, report The Metro.
After Costa revealed last week that he had been informed by Antonio Conte that he was not in the Italian’s plans for next season, as the BBC report, the wantaway striker told reporters that he would like to return to Madrid.
Costa moved to Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 for what the BBC reported to be a fee in the £32m, and has led the Blues to two league titles in three years. However, the Spain international has had his head turned by offers on more than one occasion and a bid from China reportedly led to a training ground bust-up with one of Conte’s fitness coaches, as The Telegraph report.
With his future seemingly far from Chelsea, the 28-year-old’s first choice destination appears to be Atletico, but the club has been given a transfer ban until January by FIFA for breaching rules on signing minors, say the BBC.
Speaking on the issue, Cerezo made it clear that Costa would need to make a decision soon, as the Spanish club will need to begin to target other options, as the Metro report:
“He is the one that has to say and decide,” said Cerezo. “Costa is a Chelsea player and we can’t even say that we are interested. What I can say is that we are in a situation where we are working for the future.”
One option for Costa is that he could go on-loan elsewhere from Chelsea until January and then sign for Atletico. Atletico’s transfer ban has also led to star striker and Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann choosing to not leave the club and sign a new long-term deal, per The Telegraph.