Chelsea will unveil Fernando Llorente as Diego Costa replacement very soon - bookies

The Blues forward has apparently already bid farewell to his teammates as he nears ever closer to a reunion with his former Club.

Despite the fact that the Spaniard played a fundamental role in helping Chelsea win the Premier League title last season, controversy was sparked earlier this summer when reports claimed Conte had sent him a text informing him that he was no longer part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.

With Costa duly making that message public, this has effectively weakened Chelsea's negotiating position in the process.

"With Atletico set to make their opening bid to re-sign Costa, the Spain global has got in touch with a number of his Chelsea team-mates to tell them he expects to return to his former club and is unsure whether he will be back at Chelsea for pre-season training which starts next Monday".

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His experience helped the club escape relegation in the 2016-2017 season and the blues faithfuls sees him as the idle Striker to replace Diego Costa.

Chelsea refused to sell Costa to Chinese Super League interests in January, a fee that was rumored to reach as high as $100 million.

Atletico Madrid have also targeted Sevilla winger Vitolo and could apply the same method to the Spanish global as they hope to loan him out to Las Palmas until January.

The Express reports that bet company Ladbrokes have made it just 1/3 for Llorente to sign for Chelsea with spoksperson Dave Burin confirming Conte's pursuit of the Spain striker.

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