Source: Chelsea excuse Diego Costa from start of preseason training

But it leaves Conte facing the disastrous prospect of going into the season with his No1 target having gone to one of Chelsea's main rivals.

After awareness of the aforementioned Gomez post grew, thanks to it being eclipsed by Costa, people have taken to urging the former "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" star to join both Besiktas and their bitter Istanbul rivals, Fenerbahce.

Otherwise we could well end up with another season like 2015-16 when the team was not up to it and the manager grew steadily further and further apart from the people at the top - and that only ends one way.

Diego Costa is leaving Chelsea for Atleti in a deal worth around $29 million plus incentives, according to several outlets, and Marca says Costa's arrival at the Vicente Calderon is "increasingly likely."

However, the BBC claimed yesterday that Man Utd had made a sensational swoop to hijack Chelsea's move after agreeing a £75m deal with the Merseysiders for Lukaku's signature.

The Stamford Bridge side are understood to be keen to land two new strikers but they will have to come up with a huge fee to convince the Eagles to sell Benteke. "Good luck for the next year but you are not in my plan". Emenalo was at the club when Lukaku was bought and sold previously. They are plotting whether to make an 11th hour move of their own for the Belgian or reignite their interest in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.

  • Ricardo Clara