Fernando Torres has failed to live up to his £50million price-tag at Chelsea and could be set to return to his childhood club, Atletico Madrid, for significantly less.
Everybody knew Chelsea were on the look-out for a world-class striker and Diego Costa had placed himself at the top of that list, despite only featuring on three international games to date.
However, Atletico boss, Diego Simeone, has finally confirmed that Chelsea are extremely interested in the star forward, who has managed 33 goals in 42 appearances this season, firing his club to the top of La Liga and the Champions League semi-finals.
He told Spanish radio station, Onda Cero that “It's natural that Chelsea are interested”.
“We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going."
Simeone's words are certain to make Chelsea fans happy, after having to watch their three strikers – Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres manage just 27 goals between them in all competitions this season.
However, Simeone may have also let slip an interest in bringing boy hero, Fernando Torres back to the club.
He said: “Fernando is always with us, obviously I have sent messages to him. Of course he would love to come back to the club he grew up in and where he was happy."
While it has recently been reported that Diego Costa's Chelsea move could depend on the future of the Chelsea keeper, Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan with Atletico, the deal may instead hinge on the future of Torres.
While Costa would be a much more attractive option, for both the Chelsea staff and fans, whether owner Roman Abramovich would be happy to see his £50million acquisition leave for small change will determine whether this deal goes ahead.
Whether Chelsea choose to buy out Costa's release fee or offer Torres or Courtois as part-exchange, it is looking extremely likely that Costa will be part of the Blues' side next season.
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