Diego Costa's Agent Reportedly in Milan Talks After Antonio Conte Text Message

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Emirates FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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AC Milan have reportedly opened negotiations with Diego Costa's camp after the Spaniard was informed by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte he is not in his plans at Stamford Bridge next season. 

Sky Sports News HQ reported the talks with the Rossoneri:

Meanwhile, per Eduardo Fdez-Abascal of AS, Conte is hoping to move Costa on this summer, but the striker's first-choice destination is unlikely to happen:

Costa's former club Atletico Madrid are banned from registering new players until January, but Milan are seemingly an option:

Costa was back to his best last season as he netted 22 times and laid on eight assists to help fire Chelsea to the Premier League title.

However, it appears the Italian wants to take the team in a different direction and replace Costa with a striker of his own choosing.

Despite the Spain forward's form, football writer Andrew Gaffney was not surprised:

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Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports also believes Conte had cause to move Costa on:

AC Milan may not be the giants of European football they once were, but they're illustrious enough that they may still hold appeal to Costa, and a signing like him would show real ambition for the Italian club.

The Rossoneri have need of more firepower after mustering just 57 goals in Serie A last season, with Carlos Bacca the only player to reach double figures in the league with 13.

They'll need more than just Costa to turn them back into title contenders, but he would certainly be a step in the right direction.

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