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Chelsea make offer for highly-rated Atletico Madrid star

	Posted by Sam Wilkins Chelsea make offer for highly-rated Atletico Madrid star Posted by Sam Wilkins
Montrelle Montesinos | 18 Julio, 2017, 03:19

There's no Spanish update on Danilo to Chelsea on Sunday.

Since he arrived in London, Antonio Conte has had one overriding wish, which was to sign a centre-back trained in his homeland. While the 24-year old German player certainly has great potential, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Aké and Kurt Zouma do too. Rüdiger, to a degree, has helped him make that wish come true.

Costa is in Brazil after being given an extended break to sort out his return to the La Liga outfit.

But it remains to be seen whether Manchester City would be prepared to sell the prolific striker to Premier League title rivals in the shape of Chelsea.

Diego Costa has been filmed partying in an Atletico Madrid shirt and taking a swipe at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. But this player is far from the finished article: When he moved from Stuttgart to Roma two years ago, he spent a good while adapting to the league.

"This year is a special market, we can see that it's very tough".

The striker's future is very much up in the air at Stamford Bridge, with Costa having revealed that he has been told by Conte that he is no longer needed at the club.

He is keen on a return to Atletico - a move complicated by the Spanish club's transfer ban until January 2018 - but judging by this video Costa is determined to either wait the six months until the embargo is lifted or secure a short-term deal at another club in the meantime.

The aforementioned and several other performances over the course of the 2016/17 season caught the Frenchman's eye, who is now set to make a move for Meunier.

At the tail end of last season, the Catalan publicly expressed his frustration with the players he has been using to fill positions of significant importance to his tactics - most notably Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov - stating that "they have no talent in the legs to go up and down".