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Costa parties in Atletico Madrid shirt as he nears Chelsea exit

Costa parties in Atletico Madrid shirt as he nears Chelsea exit

Costa has been given extra time off by Chelsea as he seeks for a move to Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish international was seen wearing an Atletico Madrid top and told Cesc Fabregas to "give Conte a hug" - so, that relationship's well and truly dead in the water.

With ample funds made available to The Blues' succession of short-lived managers, its clear that transitioning youngsters into first team players has been overlooked in favour of signing experienced competitors, old enough and sufficiently developed to compete on the big stages.

"You have to pay very expensive for these kind of players so don't look at [the] price, people have to be patient because he is very, very talented - he will prove it".

In fact, the champions managed just 18 crosses per game last season, placing them 15th in the league in that regard while they were 17th in the league when it came to long balls per game (63).

The Torino man is tremendous in the air, making the most of his 6ft 1in frame and Chelsea would be remiss if they didn't tweak their approach to take advantage of his ability to attack a cross.

After his move to United fell through, Morata will be desperate to secure a transfer elsewhere in search of regular playing time during a World Cup year.

One area that may be a concern though is the Argentine's limited ability in holding up play.

"He showed to be before a great man and then a great player".

That also applies to Chelsea's pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who the Italian club are threatening not to sell.

Overall, he would be a good buy for Chelsea and would score goals no doubt, but despite his reputation in Italy, the fact remains that he's only had one truly outstanding season.

And although Arsene Wenger remains intent on not selling him to a Premier League rival, a big bid could force his hand.