Costa Out, Lewandowski In At Stamford Bridge?

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Chelsea are set to make a sensational upgrade on their strikeforce with Robert Lewandowski primed to replace Diego Costa, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Spanish international, linked with Atletico Madrid last summer, is set to return to his spiritual home despite FIFA imposing a one-window transfer ban on the Rojiblancos.

To circumvent the regulations, the Mirror suggests Costa would be loaned out for six months until 1st January 2018 when his registration could be formalised. However, Barcelona found that action impossible when they signed Arda Turan with the Turk forced to sit out six months until the club could register players.

For Costa, it’s the chance to escape a living hell. His relationship with Antonio Conte has deteriorated to the extent that the Brazilian-born striker expects to be omitted from Chelsea’s pre-season tours.

Meanwhile, the Blues are actively pursuing Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker was frustrated at the end of last season, losing out to Dortmund’s Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang as the Bundesliga’s top scorer. The Pole vented publicly that he felt let down by his team-mates who, he claimed, should have done more to ensure he won the award.

That was seized upon as a sign of his willingness to move on, with Chelsea following up those reports by contacting his representatives. Bayern issued a strong denial that Lewandowski was for sale but the Blues are leading the Premier League to sign one of Europe’s most consistent goalscorers.