DIEGO COSTA and Chelsea look to have buried the hatchet after the striker was named in their Premier League squad.
The rebellious Spaniard has been itching for a return to Atletico Madrid after being dumped by Blues boss Antonio Conte over text.
Liverpool and Arsenal both seem to have won personal battles with wantaway players after naming Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez in their own 25-man rosters respectively.
Coutinho has been courted by Barcelona all summer and, with the Spanish transfer window shutting tonight, is still able to join the Catalans.
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And Sanchez was desperate to leave Arsenal for Manchester City but saw the Gunners reject City’s £60million bid for him last night.
Costa, 28, is in his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil and is being fined £300,000 for every fortnight of his absence.
Chelsea and Atletico are hopeful a deal can be done to allow the Brazil-born striker to return to Madrid, although the fee is still a big issue.
The Premier League champions want £50m for a striker who cost them £32m three years ago.
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The fiery forward claimed he is being treated like a “criminal” by his club.
He is unable to play for Atletico until January due to their transfer ban and so finds himself in limbo.
Costa’s shock inclusion in the Chelsea squad means he could make a sensational U-turn and once again play for the Blues.
It means the striker cannot claim the club were not providing the conditions for him to fulfil his contract, of which he has two years left.
And it leaves the Blues able to call upon the striker’s service which, after a disastrous deadline day, may not be out of the question.
Spain captain Sergio Ramos has waded into Costa’s stand-off with Chelsea, urging the hitman to maintain fitness.
He said: “I could say a thousand things on Diego Costa.
“Every player plans his holidays and his life as he sees fit. I hope that if right now he has more time to rest then he can come back with the same attitude as ever.”
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