Since he arrived in London, Antonio Conte has had one overriding wish, which was to sign a centre-back trained in his homeland.
"He will fit in the system". With Diego Simeone increasingly agitated by his side's inability to do business, the Blues expect Atletico to meet their asking price shortly.
Costa, now twenty-eight-years-old, scored twenty goals in thirty-five league appearances last season.
Costa missed the first day of Chelsea's pre-season after staying in Brazil, though the Blues had not expected him to report at their Cobham training base and have not taken him on their pre-season tour of Asia.
Los Blancos are set to lose Danilo this summer, with the Brazilian set to call time on his career at the Bernabeu after spending the last two seasons playing second fiddle to Dani Carvajal. 13 of this 25 starts in last season's Series A saw him in either left- or right-back positions, and, although he is competent in both of these roles, he is at heart a centre-half.
Thus, Zinedine Zidane has turned his attention towards Meunier over a move in this summer's transfer window.
A move back to La Liga looks likeliest but it has been a difficult summer for the Spanish giants who, following their transfer ban, began the summer keen to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Sandro and Costa, with outline agreements in place for all three.
Set to don the whites of Real Madrid?
In an Instagram live video, the Spaniard is seen wearing his former club's colours, while he wrote in Spanish in the comments section "give a hug to Conte".
"For me, Aubameyang will be the best player to adapt for the Conte system".
Nemanja Matic has been linked with a switch from Chelsea to reunite with Mourinho and Desailly believes the signing of a more defensively-minded midfielder would benefit Pogba.
Does the Chelsea Football Club really need Antonio Rüdiger, especially to the tune of £34m?
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