Lampard: Tying down Conte would be Chelsea's most important signing of summer

However, with his heart set on moving to former club Atletico Madrid next term, Costa would have to wait until January to make a move to his preferred club.

He would train with Atletico Madrid for the first few months and will be eligible to play after their transfer ban is over in January.

This effectively rules out Chelsea's preferred solution to the mess they are in with Costa.

Main striker Chelsea Diego Costa before the closure of the summer transfer window may leave the club.

Premier League clubs have already completed some big-money moves, and players have left England as they look to improve their fortunes elsewhere.

Atletico are reluctant to pay more than £20m for a striker who was Chelsea's top-scorer last season.

After being informed by Conte that his Chelsea career was over, Costa was hoping he would be able to move back to Madrid with his former club, only for their ban to be upheld. According to the Daily Express, "Serie A sides AC Milan and Juventus are said to be interested in the Blues' top-scorer for last season".

With the clock ticking, the Premier League champions have to hatch a plan like the one which helped Fernando Torres back to Atletico. In turn, that obviously means that the players involved would be without any first team football for the better part of six months.

Chelsea are expected to tie up a deal for £35million Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko with Everton's Romelu Lukaku also on Conte's wishlist.

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