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GONZALO HIGUAIN could be set for a sensational switch to Chelsea – paving the way for Diego Costa‘s return to Atletico Madrid. Aleti boss Diego Simeone has been unsuccessful in his pursuit of Argentine Higuain and has turned his attention back to former fan- favourite Costa. And according to Spanish daily AS, the Blues will now stump up the cash for the Napoli hitman – and Costa will be allowed to move back to this former club. Simeone is determined to land a marquee striker to his squad after another superb season, when his side pushed for the La Liga title right to the last day and lost agonisingly on penalties to Real in the Champions League final. Higuain was top of the wanted list but Napoli didn’t believe the £42m on the table was a good enough offer. Altetico can’t go any higher and as revealed by SunSport at the end of last month, will make a move for badboy Costa to return to Spain. The Blues striker had a poor start to his second season at Stamford Bridge but finished it strongly under Guus Hiddink. It’s reported that Atletico failed with a £32m bid for Costa in the January window, but Roman Abramovich had no intention of selling him midway through the campaign. But after the signing of Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea will look to Higuain – and should they land him, Costa will open negotiations
on a move back to Spain. The Argentine is valued by Napoli at a whopping £75m – but with the new TV deal and Chelsea’s deep pockets, they may stretch to land the ex-Real forward. He bagged an impressive 42 times last season for club and country and looked as sharp as ever as Argentina reached the Copa America final in the US.
Costa meanwhile is said to be in constant contact with his former teammates at Atletico and will stop at nothing for a move back. If a deal doesn’t come off, a cheaper alternative could be Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, who would be available for around £8m and has performed well at this summer’s Euros for Antonio Conte


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