Premier League champions Chelsea have been linked with a swap move including strikers Diego Costa and Jackson Martinez with La Liga club Atletico Madrid. Spanish source Fichajes claims a swap deal between the two clubs has already been discussed, and both clubs are more than interested to pursue the deal.
Both players have failed to impress this season at their respective clubs. Costa, who had a spectacular debut year in Premier League, has gone off the boils and has scored only four league goals this season. Meanwhile, Martinez has only scored two goals in La Liga since his €35 million move from Porto in the summer.
Costa is still considered an iconic figure at Atletico and manager Diego Simeone would love to have him back at the club. The Spanish international refused to rule out a move back to Atletico recently and his troubles at Stamford Bridge this season might prompt him to push for the transfer.
Fichajes also reports that La Liga giants Real Madrid are interested in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish international has failed to find his form in his second year at Stamford Bridge, and he recently has come under severe criticism from the club fans following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
According to the report, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of the former Barcelona player and would pounce on the opportunity if Chelsea decided to sell the player in January Transfer window. It is understood that Fabregas, too, would be willing to move back to La Liga after losing the backing of Chelsea fans.
Back in November, the 28-year old revealed that he had been approached by Los Blancos in the past. He told Marca: “Well, there were contacts over several years and with different presidents. An agreement was never concluded. There were things, but there was no final agreement. It lacked the step forward.”