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Forget Costa – Chelsea close in sealing move for 40-goals Diego Costa replacement

After missing out on Romelu Lukaku, preparing for life without Diego Costa, the Premier League champions are in for the Borussia Dortmind hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is eager to resolve his striker problem and Chelsea are now in pole position for Aubameyang, after missing out on Romelu ­Lukaku, finding it difficult to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and finding it difficult to agree a deal for Torino’s Adrea Belotti.

Aubameyang move out of the Westfalenstadion will translate to Dortmund chasing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. The Mirror reported that Dortmund have officially entered talks with Arsenal over the possible transfer of the french striker to the Signal Idunal Park this summer.

Chelsea are willing to let striker Diego Costa join his former club Atletico Madrid who would then loan him out until January as they are under a transfer embargo.

Atletico are under transfer ban but can sign players only who will be eligible to play for them come January 2018.

Costa moved a step nearer his exit with the Blues announcing that the Spain international and midfielder Nemanja Matic will be allowed to miss next week’s pre-season tour to the Far East.

Aubameyang, 28, is a prolific goalscorer with admirable statistics, scoring 40 goals last season. He wants to leave Dortmund who are unwilling to hold him down any longer.

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