Diego Costa posts video from holiday in Atletico Madrid shirt

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

Chelsea open their pre-season programme against Arsenal in Beijing on 22 July before travelling to Singapore for games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Key to the Blues' upturn in fortunes during the 2016/17 campaign were the arrivals of David Luiz and N'Golo Kante, however, it would be naive to overlook the improvement in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa under the Italian.

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He scored 14 goals across all competitions for Atletico last season - with only Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann managing more.

Costa, who was told to find a new club by manager Antonio Conte shortly after the end of their title-winning 2016/17 season, had already made clear his wish to return to his former club in the Spanish capital.

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It could still sign the €79.5 million (£70 million)-rated Costa but the player would not be able to compete in any Atletico games until the ban is over, in January.

The Blues' top scorer will be unable to play until January as Atletico are now under a transfer embargo.

Chelsea snapped up Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for £40m yesterday.

Their No1 target was Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgium global instead opted to swap Everton for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United instead. A hefty price tag for the Brazilian has lead to Chelsea breaking the bank in their offers, but Juventus has rejected their offers so far.

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