Antonio Conte makes 'express request' for Chelsea to sign specific attacker

The Belgium international is also likely to be keen on a switch to the Spanish capital with Dani Alves joining Les Parisiens - the Brazilian's arrival is threatening to push Meunier down the pecking order.

It was a huge coup for former Jose Mourinho, who is ready to play Marcus Rashford alongside the former Everton forward.

Costa is in Brazil after being given an extended break to sort out his return to the La Liga outfit. The football club has tripped up regarding a number of targets this time, most notably in losing Romelu Lukaku, and Conte is not impressed.

But Conte will have to move quickly after Bourussia Dortmund insisted it was now or never if the Stamford Bridge club are to make a £65million move.

The west London club have been linked with a host of attacking players this summer but have yet to really strengthen in that area. The fact is, Chelsea desperately needed a signing, and, although a transfer for Tiemoué Bakayoko, a Monacan midfielder, seems to still be possible, the deal for Rüdiger was a more straightforward one.

Rüdiger's versatility is definitely an asset, but this same quality has also played a part in holding him back.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has apparently told Costa he is no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge despite the striker helping the Londoners to the Premier League title last season.

Alvaro Morata's future remains in doubt for the Spanish media, and Marca have a look at the situation in their Sunday edition. With Diego Simeone increasingly agitated by his side's inability to do business, the Blues expect Atletico to meet their asking price shortly.

Danilo has been the second choice in the position behind Spaniard Dani Carvajal at Real, and could be interested in a move to London, according to reports.

It is reported that Costa will spend the first six months of the season on loan, due to Atletico's current transfer ban.

  • Ricardo Clara