Chelsea appear to be having a last minute scramble around in the top areas of the pitch, with rumours that both Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi could leave in the next ten days.

Costa of course is a player we knew would be leaving for sometime now, but it looked as if Batshuayi had done enough in pre-season to convince Manager Antonio Conte of his worth. 

However, Conte is allegedly concerned about the Belgium’s ability and could send him out on loan, or even a permanent deal with the rumoured £36m interest from French side Lille.

Costa will likely join Atletico Madrid for around a similar price, once they meet somewhere near the middle on negotiations with Chelsea.

This triggered perhaps one of the most surprising links of the summer where Chelsea are concerned, when The Telegraph’s Matt Law stated that Leicester’s Jamie Vardy was being explored as an option to bring in up top to support and compete with Alvaro Morata. 

Vardy almost joined Arsenal last summer, but in the end opted to stay with the former Premier League champions. However, he is at a stage of his career now where if he doesn’t join a top Club, he may never get another opportunity, thus a move to the reigning Premier League champions would certainly appeal to him.

Leicester would obviously not want to sell the England International and will attempt to keep any interest away, as they are doing with Danny Drinkwater. 

Vardy appeals to Chelsea as he offers something different up front and of course is a home grown player, which Chelsea are evidently after.

Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente from Swansea has been a name constantly linked with Chelsea. Conte rates him, likes his style and appreciates he also brings something different to the table. 

Chelsea are almost certain to make an offer there within the remaining days of the transfer window.

The Blues love to leave things late, we all know this. But it looks like it could be a very busy ten days now.

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Simon Phillips


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