Antonio Conte

Chelsea reportedly believe that Antonio Conte’s treatment of Diego Costa last summer cost the club millions.

Conte and Costa fell out towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign, despite Costa playing a starring role in the Italian winning his first Premier League title.

Costa subsequently revealed he was informed via text message that he was no longer part of Conte’s plans, which effectively listed him on the transfer market.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea have now taken legal advice regarding the extent of Conte’s mismanagement of the situation.

If Conte is found to be guilty of wrongdoing, the figure that Chelsea pay to release him from his contract could be lowered considerably.

There were claims that Diego Costa had agreed a £76.2M move in principle to join Tianjin Quanjin in the January prior to his departure.

Following his fallout with Conte, Atletico Madrid were believed to have paid ‘just’ £57M to re-sign the Spaniard after a three-year absence.

Conte may well have cost the club almost £20M. You can’t blame them for exploring the possibility of taking legal action against him.

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