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Evaluating the possibility of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid as speculation continues

Is the Chelsea striker saying goodbye or is he just thanking his friends?

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We promised to stay away from it. We swore we had put it to bed. We thought we were getting Kevin Gameiro. But the speculation won’t go away and while reports are one thing, Diego Costa putting up weird messages on instagram that could be perceived in a certain light is not helping us in saying goodbye, for once and for all, to Diego Costa in red and white.

Here is the cryptic instagram post.

Thank you very much for all my friends!!!

A photo posted by Diego Costa (@diego.costa) on

Is this a goodbye message? Is he just being grateful for his friends? Why is he dressed different to everyone else? We don’t know.

Couple this with the rumours that Costa has asked Diego Simeone to hang tight for him and that he called him personally and told Cholo he wants to move and you’ve got the developmental stages of a saga on your hands.

And then when you throw in the fact that the Kevin Gameiro deal is indeed taking longer than you would expect and you’ve got plenty of optimism around the Vicente Calderon surrounding a possible deal. Sevilla and Atletico share good relations and you would expect a deal to have been done between the two sides given the fact that Luciano Vietto is on his way to the Andalusian side, Atletico need a striker and Gameiro’s valuation is not really up for discussion.

Chelsea won’t like being bullied in the transfer market with Enrique Cerezo’s comments regarding his admiration for the players on a number of occasions. They will not, however, want to keep Diego Costa if he doesn’t want to be there in a squad that is rebuilding after a terrible season with plenty of speculation regarding unrest within the squad.

This one is dangerously close to being a saga with Chelsea ruling out a move but Atletico, quite clearly, remaining interested in Costa’s services.