Chelsea star offered Napoli escape route as Antonio Conte conducts attacking shake-upPublished August 7, 2016
Diego Costa has been offered to Serie A side Napoli according to Italian source Corriere dello Sport.
The Brazilian born Spanish international may well find himself surplus to requirements if Antonio Conte completes a long awaited deal to sign Romelu Lukaku, with Michy Batshuayi having already moved to Stamford Bridge in a £33m deal earlier this summer.
Costa had a superb debut season at Chelsea, scoring 20 Premier League goals from 24 starts, but struggled to hit the same heights last term which is perhaps unsurprising given just how poorly the Blues performed.
A move to Naples might tempt the former Atletico Madrid man and the Italian outfit will need to replace Gonzalo Higuain, the 36-goal striker having completed his £75m move to Juventus.
The departure of Higuain has left a big whole up front, a whole that has been partially filled by the arrival of Polish ace Arkadiusz Milik and the addition of Costa would go some way to beefing up Maurizio Sarri’s front-line.
Chelsea may be keen to balance the books and could accept big offers for Costa as Conte goes about putting his stamp on the squad he inherited this summer.
Chelsea finished last term in tenth spot and as such have no Champions League action to offer and Costa could therefore feel a move to Napoli as an instant return to the competition.