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Chelsea plan shock player-plus-cash swap deal

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Chelsea want Costa - but could it come at a huge cost? (©GettyImages)
Chelsea want Costa - but could it come at a huge cost? (©GettyImages).

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid could be involved in a sensational swap deal this summer, according to The Guardian.

Atletico have apparently offered two different swap deals involving Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, other players and cash. 

The first deal is rumoured to include Costa and cash, while the second would include Koke, the midfielder also targeted by Manchester United, and cash, according to the Daily Express. 

The Guardian elaborates on those rumours, quantifying the cash sums as Costa + £8 million, or Koke + £16 million. 

Chelsea certainly have the enviable position of having two top goalkeepers, with both Courtois and Petr Cech gracing the IFFHS top 5 list last year.

Yet it's understandable that the young Belgian wants to continue first team football - the kind he's getting in Spain, especially with Simon Mignolet nipping at his heels for national team time. 

Chelsea thus have a decision to make. Assuming, as Courtois and his father have said, he won't accept a secondary role, do the Blues cash in on another young talent as they did with Kevin de Bruyne this January? Or do they move on from a club legend who's still turning in great performances?

Jose Mourinho must be feeling a sense of deja vu. He was in an eerily similar situation last year with Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez, a situation that he admitted to the Evening Standard 'did not go down well'.

Should Mourinho make the choice to sell Courtois to Atletico, he'd certainly solve his striker issues with Costa, yet he'd also sacrifice the stability of his goalkeeping once Cech has retired. 

Should he keep him, he'll face the sale of a fan favourite, or yet another goalkeeping controversy if he tries to keep both.

Real Madrid are also rumoured to be interested - something ironically started by Mourinho himself while he was the boss at the Bernebau. 

Mourinho's certainly in a bind. Will history repeat itself, or will Chelsea have a turnover between the sticks?

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