Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claims Chelsea could replace striker Diego Costa next summer.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Sky Sports pundit has questioned whether the former Atletico Madrid man is worth the hassle.
Costa has been embroiled in controversy of late and is currently serving a three-game ban following his antics in Chelsea's victory over London rivals Arsenal last weekend.
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The forward put his hands in the face of Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny while he clashed with Gabriel, who was sent off during the proceedings.
Carragher, then, has suggested that Jose Mourinho and Co. may look to replace him at Stamford Bridge in their pursuit of long-term glory.
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Writing for the Mail, the ex-Liverpool man stated: "When you add all that together, you can see why the question should be asked about whether Costa is worth the hassle and you just wonder whether Chelsea — if they are going to improve again —will look at the situation next summer.
"He is a good player and I do like him but, in the future, are you going to look back at Costa’s time with Chelsea and mention him in the same breath as the greatest strikers who have graced the Barclays Premier League? No.
"Arsene Wenger, of course, has bemoaned the dearth of top-class strikers in the game and that may mean Chelsea stick with Costa. If one did become available, though, Chelsea might find that someone other than Costa will make them better in the long run."
Costa must settle down
Let's be honest, Costa is one of the best strikers on the English scene right now, but Chelsea need him on the pitch.
He's clearly a marked man right now, so has to change in his pursuit of long-term success in west London. The Blues have the financial power to land another top-class striker, so it looks set to be a big season for the Spaniard.
If he struggles to find his best form and continues to prove a liability, then you wouldn't put it past Mourinho to replace him.
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