In an amazing twist, it is reported that unsettled Spanish striker Diego Costa is about to open talks with Chelsea, in a bid to return to the club and focus on his career at Stamford Bridge.
With Chelsea unable to agree a fee or any kind of deal with Atletico Madrid, Costa is now faced with very few options as he looks to safeguard his football future, including his international career with the World Cup upcoming in 2018.
Chelsea are clearly open to this, as they named Costa in their 25 man Premier League squad – and having endured a very frustrating summer in the transfer market, with many anticipated signings not happening for various reasons, the Blues find themselves in the unusual position of not having strength in depth – especially in the striker department.
After their opening day loss to Burnley, Chelsea have bounced back with wins over Spurs and Everton, and gained a comfortable enough Champions League group stage draw. Costa remains popular with the Stamford Bridge faithful, but will need to back down in the stance he took over the summer, where he refused to train with his team mates and commenced legal proceedings against the club over his transfer situation.
But should he wish to make the Spanish World Cup squad and resurrect any chances of returning to Madrid, he knows fitness and first team football is vital, and it is this that will motivate Costa to repair his bridges at Chelsea and get back to what he does best – terrorising opposing defences and scoring goals. Should that happen, everything will be very quickly forgotten by Antonio Conte.