Atletico Madrid confident of breakthrough in Diego Costa negotiations with Chelsea

Atletico Madrid confident of breakthrough in Diego Costa negotiations with Chelsea Diego Costa remains AWOL from Chelsea as Atletico move closer to his signing Atletico Madrid are increasingly confident they have made a breakthrough in negotiations to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea, Sky Sports News understands. A source close to the negotiations says progress is being made but “it is not sorted yet”, after a summer-long debacle between the player and his current West London employers. Atletico are banned from registering new players before January and have so far offered…

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Hazard hopes Blues, Costa can make peace

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard relishes playing with striker Diego Costa and is keen for the Spaniard to resolve his stand-off with the Premier League champions and return to action. Costa, who was Chelsea’s top scorer in their title-winning campaign, was eager to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid in the transfer window after Chelsea manager Antonio Conte allegedly told the striker that he was surplus to requirements in May. The 28-year-old’s move back to Spain fell through and Costa has remained in Brazil, accusing Chelsea of treating him “like a criminal”,…

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Premier League champions Chelsea sign Drinkwater, Zappacosta

Premier League champions Chelsea completed a challenging transfer window on Friday by bringing in England midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City and Italy right-back Davide Zappacosta from Torino. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte saw moves for several targets fail to come off over the course of the transfer window, but has managed to boost his squad ahead of his side’s Champions League campaign. Drinkwater, 27, has signed a five-year contract in a deal reported to have cost Chelsea £35 million ($45.1 million, 37.9 million euros), which was announced two and a…

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