Atletico Madrid may have finally ended their interest in re-signing striker Diego Costa from Chelsea, much to the delight of the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.
According to The Mirror, the west London club have been growing increasingly frustrated with the Spanish club's pursuit of their former star.
The Blues were left angered by a number of comments from Atletico officials relating to their interest in Costa, often saying how confident they were of recapturing the Spaniard.
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Chelsea apparently even wrote to the Spanish club on two occasions to express their discontent at their handling of the situation and poor conduct throughout the entire pursuit.
However, Atletico will now have to look for striking options elsewhere, with Antonio Conte standing firm and stating he is eager to keep hold of the club's first-choice striker.
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Diego Simeone's side are openly in the market for a new striker to partner Euro 2016 star Antoine Griezmann but will have to look elsewhere.
Sevilla's 29-goal striker Kevin Gameiro is said to be firmly on Atletico's radar with the Frenchman's impressive form highlighting his need to move to a bigger club.
For Chelsea, keeping Costa could prove to be hugely beneficial to their aspirations in 2016/17. The Spanish striker was not at his prolific best last season but showed glimpses of his goal scoring prowess towards the end of the campaign.
The forward is the only striker with real Premier League pedigree at the club. Loic Remy has failed to display any consistent form during his time at Chelsea, while new signing Michy Batshuayi will most likely take some time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Costa is a potential game-changer for the Blues and could have a pivotal role to play in Conte's system.
The often controversial striker's high-intensity game should slot in well with his new Italian manager and we could see a revival of Costa's 2014/15 form, when his goals were key to Jose Mourinho's third title success.
A mini transfer saga ends and now Conte can focus on acquiring more players to add to his talented squad and perhaps, build another title-winning side.
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