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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Chelsea line up deal for Benteke as Costa set to leave in summer

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, with Diego Costa expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

Costa was involved in a training ground bust-up with Antonio Conte last week and was left out of the Blues squad which defeated Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Costa had received from Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian but the Spanish forward was spotted back in training at Cobham in midweek in preparation for Sunday's clash with Hull.

However, with the 28-year-old striker is still expected to leave Chelsea in the summer, the board are eyeing potential replacements and a surprise name is being considered.

Conte remains keen on Benteke (26) despite the Belgian's underwhelming season with Liverpool, where he only managed ten goals in 42 games.

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