Antonio Conte gives go-ahead to sell Diego Costa: Will sign these two strikers in return

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Chelsea prepared to lose Costa in order to key duo

Chelsea Antonio Conte is prepared to offload striker Diego Costa in the summer in order to accommodate the arrival of duo Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku.

Costa, 28, had been the subject of a world-record £95m from Tianjin Quanjian last winter, but the Blues were reluctant to lose their key player midway through a successful season.

However, they will not come in the way of their striker this summer with Costa having an eye on an ambitious move to Real Madrid before trying out a challenge in the Chinese Super League.

According to The Sun, Conte has reached a settlement with Blues’ technical director Michael Emenalo over the sale of Costa in the summer, but he will in return demand the signings of both Morata and Lukaku.

Lukaku, who previously left the Blues for Everton in 2014, has evolved into one of the Premier League’s best strikers, and Conte is keen to push for his comeback on a deal which could cost a club-record £60m fee. The Toffees could be making a significant profit on their contract rebel having bought him for around £28m three years ago.

Meanwhile, Morata is the other player in the Conte’s wishlist with the club having previously failed with an approach last summer. Morata’s value has significantly dropped over the past 10 months owing to his limited playing time, and he could be available for £35m this summer.

Morata, who rejoined Madrid from Juventus last year, has managed to net eight times in the Spanish La Liga despite playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema for much of the ongoing campaign. He has made just nine league starts this term.