Diego Costa
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Diego Costa has said goodbye to his Chelsea teammates ahead of returning to former side Atletico Madrid, according to the Telegraph.

As per the Telegraph, Atletico are preparing their opening offer to re-sign Costa, who has messaged his fellow Chelsea players that he expects to return to the Vicente Calderon this summer, and is still unsure whether he will be reporting for pre-season training.

The Telegraph note that Antonio Conte’s decision to essentially dump his striker by text is looking more and more naive as the days pass, and who could argue?

As it is reported in the article, Romelu Lukaku is now on the verge of joining Manchester United, leaving Chelsea with their top goalscorer heading for the exit door and their top target joining their title rivals. The whole thing is an absolute mess.

Conte and the Chelsea board need to act fast in the transfer market in order to avoid a potentially costly striker crisis.

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