The Spanish pair of Marca and AS have a Diego Costa article almost every single day. They’ve both stated previously and repeatedly that Chelsea are completely against a sale, but the Atletico Madrid dream simply refuses to die.

On Tuesday Marca explain that Costa has already started pre-season training with Chelsea, another small blow to Atletico’s wishes.

Once again it’s stated that Costa has failed to completely adapt to life in London and would look kindly on a return to his previous club.

From Atletico’s perspective, Costa remains the first choice of Diego Simeone, and the Argentine manager refuses to give up.

Atletico right now are clinging to hope and waiting for something to happen at Chelsea which would be positive for a Costa transfer.

Signing Michy Batshuayi has made little difference because Conte plays with two strikers, but if there were further recruitment upfront then there may be a little light at the end of the tunnel for Atletico.

Atletico don’t want transfer ‘war’ with Chelsea, but have already submitted an offer… which was knocked back.

Someone really needs to have the ‘plenty more fishes in the sea’ chat with Atletico.