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According to various reports both in England and Italy, Chelsea are ready to secure Antonio Candreva‘s service.

To do so, The Mirror and Calciomercato.com claimthe Blues are ready to pay £25m to Inter Milan.

Candreva and Antonio Conte already worked together when the manager was in charge of of the Italian national team.

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Chelsea have rejected a surprise transfer deadline day bid from Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa, just one-and-a-half seasons after the Spaniard left the Vicente Calderon. 

The Mirror claim that the Blues were offered a hefty, yet undisclosed, cash sum, as well as Jackson Martinez, who despite only signing for Madrid last summer has failed to live up to expectations.

The Colombian has scored just three goals in 22 appearances, apparently pushing Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone to make a bid for his former frontman.

Costa left Madrid in 2014 for £32 million, winning the title in a hugely successful first season. Despite struggling to find form under former Jose Mourinho earlier this season, he has scored six goals in six games under interim boss Guus Hiddink.

It is reported that Chelsea rejected the bid immediately, insisting that none of their star players were up for sale.

 

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Chelsea are closing in on £43.5m-rated Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.

The Madrid attacker has been in stunning form this season, scoring 22 goals in 36 appearances in La Liga this campaign.

The goals have filled the hole left by Diego Costa and David Villa, but has equally attracted attention from a range of clubs, Chelsea included.

According to The Mirror, the Blues are reportedly closing in on a summer deal to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge.

Atletico are keen on renegotiating the 24-year-old’s deal, including a much bigger release clause, as they are reportedly unwilling to let one of their key players leave the Vincente Calderon after just one season.

But Griezmann is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League. The chances of this happening were boosted when he took on Jorde Mendes in an advisory capacity – the Portuguese agent has an excellent relationship with Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho one of his clients.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad for £24m following several eye-catching performances at the 2014 World Cup for France.

Should he leave, he will be part of a continuing transfer relationship between Chelsea and Athletico – Costa and Filipe Luis left Spain for the Blues last summer, with current Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois spending three seasons on loan at the Spanish side.

 

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