The striker, as we all know, is currently in Brazil – refusing to come back and train for the Blues who, he says, would put him with the U23s.
Conte has made clear on multiple occasions that the Spain international is not part of his plans for the upcoming season – and similarly Costa has made clear where he wants to end the transfer window: Atletico Madrid.
However, problems from the fact the Spanish club are serving a transfer ban which prevents them from registering new players until January. Oh, and they won’t meet Chelsea’s asking price anyway.
So, stalemate. And a very boring transfer saga where everyone just says the same things over and over again.
That is, until Ronald Koeman gets involved.
The Everton boss clearly disagrees with Antonio Conte, and admits that he would love to have Diego Costa at Goodison Park.
“I don’t know. I’ve always said there is a warm welcome here for every good player, and he is a good player,” Koeman told reporters at his press conference this afternoon.
The Toffees are looking for reinforcements up front after losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United this summer – and whilst Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez have started well, there’s clearly a gap.
What a lifeline that could prove to Diego Costa.
Staying in the Premier League and proving yourself against some top defences could prove invaluable, especially during a World Cup year.
Chelsea seem a little reluctant to let the Brazilian to leave on loan at the minute, but if their minds changed that could be an even more perfect opportunity for Costa.
Play football at a high level, with a top team, under a brilliant manager – and then make your “dream” move to Ateltico Madrid in six months if you want to.
But, even if it were a permanent move to the Toffees, it still should be an opportunity Costa can’t afford to turn down.
Ronald Koeman is building a seriously impressive squad in Merseyside, with the signings of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford amongst others key to that, but there is the slight feeling they are still missing that one piece of quality to take them to the next level.
Just that one piece of the puzzle and the Toffees could mount a serious challenge to the Europa League – and perhaps get that trophy that has been long overdue on the blue half of Merseyside.
Diego Costa is that quality addition they desperately need.
We already know Everton have a lot of money thanks to majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri – and there is the stark possibility they could bid higher than Atletico Madrid if they truly believe in Costa.
The striker is a proven goalscorer on a Premier League and European level – and pairing him up with Everton could be a match made in Heaven for the Toffees to seriously start challenging the top six and winning trophies again.
It’s either test yourself with an exciting new challenge, or sit in Brazil watching Chelsea on TV, Diego. Your call.