Diego Costa ready to go head-to-head with Antonio Conte over Chelsea transfer

The Spanish giants have seen a transfer ban upheld following a series of illegal signings of minors - something which impacted Antoine Griezmann's departure to Manchester United - and are now unable to register any players until that ban expires in January 2018.

Diego Costa is reportedly prepared to spend six months on the sidelines at Chelsea in order to join Atletico Madrid in January.

Daily Star: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to defy boss Antonio Conte and refuse to leave unless he can rejoin Atletico Madrid. According to reports, this deal will keep the 47-year old at the Bridge till 2021.

Alves' agent had a meeting with Serie A champions Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client's desire to move on.

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Chelsea remain confident of completing deals for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, AS Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Manchester City's Willy Caballero and they have convinced their manager that negotiations are being handled correctly, despite the slow progress. Chelsea are preparing to add to their squad despite winning the Premier League title last season.

The powerful, defensive-minded player scored three goals and provided one assist in all competitions as the French side progressed to the Champions League semi-finals.

It leaves Conte stuck with Costa until at least January and, while he is a very popular character within the changing room, the Italian is concerned that the unrest could fester and sour the atmosphere in the club.

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