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Former EPL rivals manager tells Man Utd to launch surprise swoop for Spanish striker

Sam Allardyce has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to make a swoop for Diego Costa this summer transfer window if Romelu Lukaku ends up departing the club.

The Belgian centre-forward has been widely tipped to be on his way out of Manchester United this summer after falling down the pecking order under the Norwegian manager.

Should the 26-year-old star exit the club, it would leave the 20-times English champions looking for reinforcements up front.

And former England and West Ham United boss Allardyce seems to think that former Chelsea centre-forward Diego Costa would be a great fit for the Manchester United – but only if Romelu does leave.

Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, as cited by the Daily Express, he said: “[If I were Manchester United boss, I would not sell] Lukaku, no. Not unless I was getting Costa. I might say yes to that.”

Costa netted just two goals and created two assists in 16 La Liga matches for Atletico Madrid last campaign.

Manchester United are said to be on the lookout for a host of new signings this summer as they look to strengthen their roster ahead of Ole’s first full campaign in charge.

Thus far, they have only purchased Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the new EPL campaign.

The Old Trafford outfit finished sixth and without a trophy in what ended up to be a disappointing season last term.

In other news, Manchester United have told Real Madrid board that they won’t consider selling Paul Pogba after the end of the British transfer market on August 8, the Mirror reports.

Not Higuain: EPL club keen on bringing in La Liga star who Chelsea sold for €56m

West Ham United are exploring a summer move for Atletico Madrid star and former Chelsea player Diego Costa, the Mirror exclusively reports.

The Irons are reportedly examining all options after losing out to the Spanish club Valencia in the race to land Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, with manager Manuel Pellegrini wanting the quality to replace the strikers Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll after their departures this summer.

The 30-year-old Costa is on the way out of Los Rojiblancos this summer as a result of the breakdown of his relationship with the side he went on strike back in 2017 to rejoin after three stormy campaigns with Chelsea.

Wolves and Everton have also been mooted as potential Premier League destinations for the player, but none of the three sides has yet made a firm offer for the Brazil-born Spain international.

West Ham United also have Gonzalo Higuain, another former Chelsea man, in their sights as well as Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Sebastian Haller.

Argentina international Gonzalo is available following Chelsea’s decision to send him back to Serie A club Juventus at the end of a loan stint that began in January and saw a return of only five goals in 18 matches.

The Hammers would look to take the player on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, and Bianconeri want any such deal to include an obligation to buy the now 31-year-old South American.

Former EPL rivals manager tells Man Utd to launch surprise move for Spanish striker

Sam Allardyce has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to make a swoop for Diego Costa this summer transfer window if Romelu Lukaku ends up departing the club.

The Belgian centre-forward has been widely tipped to be on his way out of Manchester United this summer after falling down the pecking order under the Norwegian manager.

Should the 26-year-old star exit the club, it would leave the 20-times English champions looking for reinforcements up front.

And former England and West Ham United boss Allardyce seems to think that former Chelsea centre-forward Diego Costa would be a great fit for the Manchester United – but only if Romelu does leave.

Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, as cited by the Daily Express, he said: “[If I were Manchester United boss, I would not sell] Lukaku, no. Not unless I was getting Costa. I might say yes to that.”

Costa netted just two goals and created two assists in 16 La Liga matches for Atletico Madrid last campaign.

Manchester United are said to be on the lookout for a host of new signings this summer as they look to strengthen their roster ahead of Ole’s first full campaign in charge.

Thus far, they have only purchased Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the new EPL campaign.

The Old Trafford outfit finished sixth and without a trophy in what ended up to be a disappointing season last term.

In other news, Manchester United have told Real Madrid board that they won’t consider selling Paul Pogba after the end of the British transfer market on August 8, the Mirror reports.

Not Higuain: EPL rivals keen on bringing in La Liga star who Chelsea sold for €56m

West Ham United are exploring a summer move for Atletico Madrid star and former Chelsea player Diego Costa, the Mirror exclusively reports.

The Irons are reportedly examining all options after losing out to the Spanish club Valencia in the race to land Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, with manager Manuel Pellegrini wanting the quality to replace the strikers Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll after their departures this summer.

The 30-year-old Costa is on the way out of Los Rojiblancos this summer as a result of the breakdown of his relationship with the side he went on strike back in 2017 to rejoin after three stormy campaigns with Chelsea.

Wolves and Everton have also been mooted as potential Premier League destinations for the player, but none of the three sides has yet made a firm offer for the Brazil-born Spain international.

West Ham United also have Gonzalo Higuain, another former Chelsea man, in their sights as well as Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Sebastian Haller.

Argentina international Gonzalo is available following Chelsea’s decision to send him back to Serie A club Juventus at the end of a loan stint that began in January and saw a return of only five goals in 18 matches.

The Hammers would look to take the player on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, and Bianconeri want any such deal to include an obligation to buy the now 31-year-old South American.

Chelsea Could Have Earned £18m More If They Had Agreed to Sell Spanish Star to PL Rivals

Chelsea could have received £18m more in their sale of want-away Diego Costa. Everton wanted him as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku.

According to The Mirror,  The Toffees were willing to hand over £70 million, for now, Atletico Madrid player, after selling star man Lukaku to The Red Devils for £75 million.

It is reported that Costa turned down the Merseyside club, making it clear that he was only interested in signing for Rojiblancos.

An agreement was reached last week for the transfer of Costa to the Madrid side, and the 28-year-old attacker is expected to be unveiled as an Atletico player this week. The Spaniard joining the club on loan before the deal becoming permanent at a later stage.

The 28-year-old striker has not been without his controversies Chelsea though. In March 2016 he was accused of bitting former Everton player Gareth Barry during a match and in August 2015 he slapped and pushed Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny.

Costa played in 135 games and scored 64 goals for Atletico Madrid before he went to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 for £32m. He won La Liga with the Rojiblancos.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he has made 120 appearances, scoring 59 goals. The Spain international won the two Premier League and League cups with The Blues.

Chelsea star has received an important message from top-class manager

Chelsea attacker Diego Costa has been warned he has to be performing regular football if he is to have any purpose of making Spain’s squad for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The 28-year-old is out of the first-team image at Stamford Bridge at the time after failing to get a summer move back to Atletico Madrid, who stay keen to land him in January.

Atletico were under a transfer embargo this summer, which hampered the deal, though various stories suggest an agreement could now be close for Costa to transfer to the Spanish capital in the winter.

Till then, however, Costa remains to train away from Chelsea after falling out with head coach Antonio Conte, and Spain manager Julen Lopetegui admits his situation is something of a concern.

Discussing his chances with the national team, Lopetegui made it no secret he couldn’t currently consider him for pick due to his lack of recent involvement on the field.

“Costa’s summer has been unusual, strange, complicated – not just for him but his club; He is still a Chelsea player. It’s a complicated issue.

“Our hope is that he will resolve his situation as soon as possible and that he can compete, train and play, which is what he likes doing the most and what interests the national team.

“It’s rather complicated that a guy who doesn’t train and doesn’t play can be with us, but that’s all it is.

“He wasn’t ready to play with us (against Italy and Liechtenstein), that was the reality and what we had to deal with. That is the reason why he wasn’t with us.

“He needs to train and play to be considered.” – Lopetegui told beIN Sports.

The Brazilian has been at Chelsea since 2014 and has brightened for the club, though he has been keen to return to La Liga after failing to settle in London off the pitch fully.

Chelsea eyes shock move for highly-rated striker’s potential replacement

Chelsea are reportedly between the teams considering a shock January transfer window move for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain attacker  Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international’s fate at the Parc des Princes is in serious doubt after a high-profile dispute with team-mate Neymar on the pitch during the victory over Lyon at the weekend.

The Stories emerged yesterday that Neymar wants Cavani sold after the fight, which saw them come to blows on more than one time over who should be on set-piece duty.

PSG spent £199million on Neymar in the summer and the South American is now their undisputed attacker, with speculation growing that Cavani could be sold as soon as the transfer window re-opens in the winter.

Chelsea are considered as being between his top suitors, but Everton, Juventus, Inter Milan, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are also interested, as reported by the Daily Mail.

There are many complications over Cavani’s exit, but, with the 30-year-old looking to keep a decent pay packet, perform in the Champions League and remain to be the first choice up front.

The former Napoli hit-man would incredible start every match for Chelsea after the success of their summer signing Alvaro Morata, though Antonio Conte has been keen to bring in extra centre-forward to rotate with the Spaniard.

Chelsea received massive offer for out-of-favour striker

Atletico Madrid have made the last offer of €55m upfront plus €10m in variables as they seek to achieve a deal for Diego Costa say stories in Spain.

The reported price would make the 28-year-old would Atletico’s most valuable ever signing and would allow him to begin performing for the club in January 2018.

Marca made the announcements on Monday morning, including on the front page of the outlet, and say Chelsea will have ‘little choice’ however to accept the ‘final offer’.

The story points to the Spain international having not played a game of any kind in 98 days, and it is possible that by the time he next plays competitively, that character will have exceeded 200.

Atleti were reportedly keen to match up the deal last week and were encouraged by the English giants, who were believed to have finally opened up to coming to the negotiating table.

However, discussions stalled and stories emerged the attacker did not return to London as listed, but it now seems a breakthrough may have been reached.

Confirmed: Euro giants are interested in signing want-away Chelsea striker

Atletico Madrid chief Enrique Cerezo has once again claimed he wants to land Diego Costa.

The Chelsea striker is in self-imposed exile after being told he was surplus to requirements.

The Spanish club attempted to buy him over the summer however they were under a transfer ban, and Costa stayed at Stamford Bridge.

However, he shows no hints of returning to action anytime soon.

And it appears like a matter of time until Costa joins Madrid once they can sign footballers again.

“We want Costa. Another thing is that we can bring him because there are always some circumstances for a negotiation to go through. If that is solved, Costa will come.

“If it is not solved, he won’t join us.” – Cerezo said.

Earlier in the day, the Atleti manager had dismissed stories a deal was close.

“What I do understand is that Costa is a Chelsea player and until January, there is time to talk to his club and with anybody else. We will not do anything until January. If his family is moving [to Madrid] then I do not know.” – He explained.

 

Chelsea transfer news: £53m star could make a shock move in coming days

Chelsea outcast Diego Costa could reportedly spend the next few months in Saudi Arabia playing for Al-Hilal if he agrees a move to Atletico Madrid in the coming days.

The 28-year-old is believed to be in the Spanish capital trying to arrange a return to the La Liga side, having been frozen out of the Blues’ first-team plans by manager Antonio Conte earlier in the summer.

Atletico were unable to sign the striker during the summer months due to a transfer embargo but are believed to be close to an agreement to officially sign Costa when the January transfer window opens for a fee of £53m.

According to the Daily Mail, Costa will not return to Stamford Bridge once the deal has been done and has instead been earmarked for a short-term loan to Al-Hilal, who finished champions of the Saudi Professional League last term.

Costa last played for Chelsea in the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the end of May.