September 7, 2017

Costa-Fenerbahce Loan 'Unlikely'  (Sky Sports)

Diego CostaDiego Costa's proposed loan move to Fenerbahce appears unlikely following talks over a move for the Chelsea striker.

Turkey's transfer window remains open and Fenerbahce manager Aykut Kocaman said on Thursday that "Diego Costa's move was close for a loan, [but] the outcome is negative for now".

Last season's third-place team in the Super Lig are looking to sign an attacking player before their window closes on Friday, but Sky Sports News have been told the player is unlikely to be Costa.

The Spain striker remains in Brazil, four weeks into the new Premier League season, in self-imposed exile from Chelsea after being told he was no longer wanted by manager Antonio Conte.

The Blues have made it clear he is expected to honour the conditions of his contract and return to their Cobham training base, get fit and make sure he is available for first-team selection.

But the 28-year-old has been determined to return to his former club Atletico Madrid this summer and has so far insisted they are the only club he is willing to play for.

Costa, who signed for Chelsea in a £32million deal from Atletico in 2014, has scored 52 Premier League goals in 89 appearances and 58 for the club in all competitions.

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