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

Posted June 25, 2017

According to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have commenced negotiations pertaining to the sale of Diego Costa as the player has fallen out of favour with manager Antonio Conte. But these issues are not thought to be serious enough to put his future in doubt.

Atletico are now banned from registering any new players until January as a punishment for illegal transfer activity, but they are technically allowed to sign new players, like Barcelona did with Arda Turan.

His wage demands, in excess of £200,000-a-week, rule out most clubs, including AC Milan who did show initial interest.

Antonio Conte arrived Chelsea last year with a reputation and has lived up to it as he won the Premier League title, with a team that at one point was close to the relegation zone, just one year before. Lewandowski has a fantastic record in the competition with eight goals and one assist last time round, as FC Bayern Munich went out at the quarter-final stage.

Should he leave to another club, which is unlikely considering the current situation, Chelsea will need a replacement, with Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata mooted.

The Premier League winners plan to make him the most expensive Chelsea manager in history as they aim to defend the Premier League title.

Conte's contract expires in 2019 and he is expected to sign a two-year extension with a 50 per cent pay rise that will take his salary to £9 million.