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Diego Costa to make a surprise move to force Chelsea exit

Costa on his way out of Chelsea
Costa on his way out of Chelsea

Diego Costa is set to hand in a formal transfer request in a bid to hasten his departure from Chelsea.

Costa was informed by a text message from his manager Antonio Conte earlier this summer that he would not be part of his plans for the future, despite leading the forward line as Chelsea clinched last season’s Premier League title. 

The Spain striker’s attempts to leave Chelsea and seal a move to China’s Super League last January is believed to be at the root of Conte’s eagerness to replace Costa in his line-up, with the Italian refusing to be drawn on the subject until the forward leaves the club.

Costa is reported to have set his heart on a return to his former club Atletico Madrid, even though their transfer embargo will not allow him to play for the La Liga side until January and now it has emerged he is set to make a dramatic move to get out of Chelsea.

While Costa is likely to lose some money by submitting an official transfer request, his lawyer Ricardo Cardoso has confirmed that will take place in the coming days.

"We are going to use all legal mechanisms to hold Chelsea accountable for this behaviour, making it possible for Diego Costa to leave," he told Spanish news agency EFE, as he confirmed a ‘formal request’ for a transfer would be submitted.

Costa has not been a part of Chelsea’s pre-season plans amid and Conte is keen for him to leave the club as soon as possible, with replacement Alvaro Morata already in place and set to start in this Sunday’s Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley.