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Atlético Madrid, Diego Simeone keep pushing for Diego Costa reunion

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It's a story that's been pushed by the Spanish media for quite some time, and here they go again.

According to Spanish daily AS, Atlético Madrid's manager Diego Simeone still wants a reunion with current Chelsea and former Atlético striker Diego Costa. Costa supposedly remains one of Simeone's priority demands for the transfer window, especially as his pursuit of Lyon's Lacazette and Sevilla's Gameiro are not looking promising. But while Costa seems to have maintained a tight bond with his former colleagues and former manager during his time at Chelsea, a return to Atlético wouldn't be made any easier despite their relationship.

First, as the newspaper reports, if Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to adopt a 3-5-2 tactical scheme, or any two-striker scheme, selling Costa would mean that we'd have to bring in two strikers this summer instead of just one.  Given the ridiculous prices floated for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gonzalo Higuain, and Alvaro Morata, Chelsea would be absolutely silly to let an already perfectly capable and proven Premier League center forward go.

Secondly, with the aforementioned state of transfer fees, Chelsea would likely name an equally ridiculous price for Diego Costa.  According to earlier reports, we had already rejected a €45m bid (in January), which is already more than what we paid for Costa two years ago.  A Costa transfer this summer would likely break the record £40.8 million fee paid by Atlético to Porto for Radamel Falcao 2011.

There are also issues with Costa's wage demands as well as convincing him to return to Spain. At Chelsea he earns £185,000 per week and still has three years left in his contract. Pus, he has said repeatedly that he wants to, or at least is okay with staying (even if Atlético's president claims otherwise), and Conte reportedly wants to keep him as a key part of his plans going forward.

Considering all these factors, Atlético task to take back Costa remains rather insurmountable. Silly Season won't care too much about that though.

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