Diego Costa Is Currently Partying In Brazil Wearing An Atletico Madrid Shirt

Chelsea open their pre-season programme against Arsenal in Beijing on 22 July before travelling to Singapore for games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Sports Mole's countdown of the top 25 Chelsea players in the Premier League era continues with number 21 - Diego Costa. Key to the Blues' upturn in fortunes during the 2016/17 campaign were the arrivals of David Luiz and N'Golo Kante, however, it would be naive to overlook the improvement in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa under the Italian.

Should Carrasco make the switch from Madrid to London, it can only be seen as a positive for the Blues, as Conte's side look to retain their Premier League title this season.

Costa scored 20 goals in the Premier League last season, and with Chelsea not competing in Europe, Conte was able to call on his main striker in most league fixtures.

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It is claimed that Atletico Madrid's move to sign Vitolo has cast doubt over Carrasco's long-term future at the Spanish club, even though he'll be loaned to Las Palmas until January due to their transfer ban. The Spanish outfit are now under a transfer embargo which stops them from signing any players before the January transfer window.

Carrasco is reportedly interested by the idea of playing in England, reports the Express, with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simone now being given the task of trying to persuade the midfielder to stay at the club.

The Serbian Nemanja Matic is set to be sold after Tiemoue Bakayoko is all but confirmed a Chelsea player. A hefty price tag for the Brazilian has lead to Chelsea breaking the bank in their offers, but Juventus has rejected their offers so far.

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