Muller Targeted As Costa Exit Threat Looms Over Chelsea

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Chelsea are plotting a £75 million move for unhappy Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller to replace Diego Costa, according to the Sunday Express.

Muller has been frustrated by Carlo Ancelotti’s reluctance to trust him this season, and has admitted his unhappiness. The German international has only scored once in 10 Bundesliga starts this season. He was dropped for the crucial tie against RB Leipzig, adding to his woes.

“Personally, the last game against Leipzig didn’t go to plan for me as I didn’t play,” Muller said in an interview with German publication Bild.

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“I could have had fun in that game as there was much more space than in previous games. Naturally, I’m not sitting on the bench with a grin on my face.”

This has alerted long-time suitors Manchester United and now Chelsea. The Blues are desperate for a world-class striker, with Diego Costa rumored to be leaving for China. Moreover, following Costa’s alleged training ground altercation with Antonio Conte, he was subsequently dropped for the Premier League match against Leicester City.

The reason for this was said to be a lower back injury. Neither the Chelsea management, nor the media seem convinced about it, though. Adding to the speculation, Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes is reported to be in China.

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This has lead to anxious scenes at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, however, remains stubborn that the Spain international will not be sold, even for the £80 million that Quanjian are willing to pay.

With 14 goals in 19 starts, Costa is Chelsea’s main man this season, and his departure could leave a huge void for the title contenders. With summer signing Batshuayi not yet convincing Conte, they desperately need a main striker.

Muller could be the answer to their problems, especially since things have turned sour for him with Bayern this season.


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