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He may have been unsuccessful in doing everything in his power to engineer a move away from Chelsea over the summer, but Diego Costa may still be on the verge of leaving Stamford Bridge, even if it isn't the return to Atletico Madrid that he was so desperate for.
Costa, who has been the Blues top scorer in two of the last three seasons, helping bring two Premier League titles to Stamford Bridge in the process, was recently left out of Antonio Conte's 25 man Champions League squad and is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, this season.
It isn't expected that the Spain international will ever feature for Chelsea again, with the relationship between him and Conte seemingly damaged beyond repair and £58 million summer arrival Alvaro Morata settling into the Blues' front line effortlessly in Costa's absence.
Alvaro Morata has filled Costa's boots pretty effortlessly so far, at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA
The former Atletico Madrid striker had been desperate for a return to the Spanish capital, even if it meant he would have to sit on the sidelines until January, with Atleti currently serving a UEFA sanctioned transfer embargo until the new year, meaning they cannot register any new players until then.
However, Chelsea were demanding more than the £32 million they originally paid Atleti for Costa, in 2014, causing Los Rojiblancos to decide against a deal.
Now, though, Costa may be offered a way out of London by Fenerbahce, who are willing to take the Brazilian born striker on a year-long loan.
Costa has scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea, helping the Blues to two Premier League titles and a League Cup. Images: PA
According to Milliyet, the Istanbul based club are waiting in the wings should Atleti not return with another offer for Costa in January and would offer the 28-year-old a way to comfortably see out the majority of his remaining two years at Stamford Bridge.
It isn't clear yet if Costa would welcome a move to Turkey, but surely anything that would be better than being banished from the first team at Chelsea, wasting the peak years of his career? Then again, if you're on wages of £150,000-a-week or more, it's probably a laugh getting so much to not do your job.
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