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Costa's future is in doubt at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will only sell Diego Costa if they sign Gonzalo Higuain this summer

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Diego Costa has been a source of much frustration for Chelsea fans this campaign.

The Spaniard arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2014 to much fanfare and duly delivered throughout his debut season, scoring 20 league goals and steering the Blues to Premier League glory.

However, it's been very much a fall from grace ever since.

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Various controversies on the pitch alongside poor form have seen Costa endure a disappointing second term at Stamford Bridge. He's found the back of the net just 12 times in the league and been the subject of much criticism.

As a result, the end of his Chelsea career is well and truly in sight.

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According to Spanish outlet AS, per The Sun, incoming manager Antonio Conte has given the green light for Costa to be sold this summer - but on one condition.

The Italian will only sanction a move away for the striker if they're able to sign Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain.

Reports suggest Conte has earmarked the Argentina international as his ideal striker following a campaign where he has scored a remarkable 33 Serie A goals.

To emphasise just how prolific Higuain has been in Italy's top-flight, he's just three strikes away from becoming the first player to score 36 league goals in one campaign.

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And it seems such a deal would suit all parties, with Chelsea in need of more firepower going forward and Costa wanted by former manager and current Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

It's believed owner Roman Abramovich wants £24 million for the Spain international, whilst Napoli will demand at least £38 million if they're to part ways with their prized asset.

Costa isn't the only striker seemingly on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, though.

The Mirror reports that Radamel Falcao has been told he will not be offered a fresh deal this summer.

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The Colombian said recently: "In February, Chelsea told me that they were no longer counting on me, so I will not be continuing with that club.

"Monaco made a big investment in me and they want some return on that. They want me back at the club for next season.

"I need to have minutes, to play, and we'll see what happens. Monaco want to see what my position is in a year, to see what possibilities I have."

John Terry is also due to leave the club this summer when his contract expires, whilst Eden Hazard is a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid's despite a woeful season in the Premier League.

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