Delay of Costa exit is causing problems for Chelsea’s Lukaku pursuit

Chelsea are under pressure to improve their ranks this summer ahead of the defence of their Premier League title and fans will be surprised to see the Blues yet to complete any major pieces of business at Stamford Bridge.
Italian boss Antonio Conte is understood to be desperate to bring Romelu Lukaku back to West London from Everton. The delay in offloading Spanish striker Diego Costa is handing the Blues problems in their pursuit of Lukaku.
Conte informed Costa earlier this summer that he is surplus to requirements, after a cagey few months following a high-profile fall-out in January, and the Italian boss had hoped to have ousted the Spaniard from his squad.
However, after flirting with a move to the Far East in the mid-season window, Costa now seems reluctant to move to China and his preferred destination would be a return to Atletico Madrid- but a move isn’t easy to complete due to the Spanish side’s transfer ban.
Costa will only leave on his terms and it seems he only wants a move to Atletico Madrid, with the delay in a sale causing further friction between him and Conte as it means the Italian boss cannot complete the move he wants for Lukaku.
The 28-year-old is unhappy in England and keen to seek an exit but the fact he has failed to settle into life in the capital following a £32m move to London from Atletico Madrid three-years ago means he’s being wary over his next move.
Costa doesn’t want to endure similar problems at his next club, hence his desire to return to Atletico Madrid, and the delay in a deal is a big concern for Chelsea- as the Blues lack significant depth as it is, making their policy of only securing a big-name once a player has been offloaded questionable.
The imminent exit of Costa leaves Michy Batshuayi as the only recognised senior striker within Chelsea’s ranks and the Belgian has been linked with an exit of his own, which means that Lukaku may arrive as the only striker the Blues boast.
Chelsea’s depth will be tested by a return to the Champions League next season and there’s growing concerns that their squad isn’t competitive enough to compete on all fronts, especially if injuries ravage the side at any stage during next season’s campaign.

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