Diego Costa is not expected at Chelsea’s Cobham training base this week having been given permission to miss the first team’s return for pre-season training while negotiations continue with Altetico Madrid aimed at securing his permanent departure.

The Premier League champions reported back to work on Monday morning, 24 hours after Antonio Conte returned. It was made clear to Costa by the manager last month that he is not in the Italian plans for the new campaign, with the Spain forward having since indicated he will only countenance re-signing for Atlético.

 

The Spanish club’s initial offer, worth around £26m, falls well short of Chelsea’s valuation but talks are continuing aimed at striking a compromise. In the meantime, and with no chance of a change of heart from either party over the future, the club and Costa’s representatives have agreed the 28-year-old will be granted extra time off while the deal is concluded. It is unclear when Costa would return, but Chelsea’s first-team squad fly to Beijing for a three-game tour of east Asia next Monday. It seems unlikely he would be considered for that trip to China and Singapore.

The Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to become the recently appointed Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer’s first signing for the club on a season-long loan.

The England Under-21 international midfielder will become the latest graduate from Chelsea’s academy to secure a temporary switch to a rival Premier League side, following Tammy Abraham's move to Swansea City and Huddersfield Town’s capture of Kasey Palmer. Loftus-Cheek failed to start a top-flight game for Conte’s champions last season, with the manager insistent he would benefit from training and being around the first-team squad at Cobham, but was made available for loan this summer as he seeks more regular senior involvement.

 

 

Palace have taken players from Chelsea in each of the past two seasons, albeit with little success given the lack of impact made by Patrick Bamford and Loïc Rémy. The former’s arrangement was cancelled by the player mid season, with Bamford frustrated at a lack of opportunities after nine scoreless games. Rémy’s impact was horribly nullified by injury and he failed to score in eight appearances in all competitions. The France striker, who has entered the final year of his contract, is expected to depart Chelsea this summer.

Newcastle, Brighton and Southampton had inquired after Loftus-Cheek, 21, but the player is understood to have favoured a switch across the capital with Palace’s recruitment staff having made their interest known. Newly promoted Brighton are expected to sign Izzy Brown in a similar arrangement instead and Nathaniel Chalobah, another whose contract expires in 2018, is interesting Watford. Another young Chelsea player, the defender Ola Aina is expected to join the Championship side Hull City on loan.

Palace could also secure the Barcelona reserve goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, who worked under De Boer at Ajax. The 28-year-old, who moved to the Camp Nou for around £11m last summer but started only one La Liga game, would most likely join initially on loan with a view to a permanent deal. His arrival could prompt the France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s return to Marseille on a three-year contract after a frustrating season at Selhurst Park.

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