The Blues fought tooth and nail to keep their top scorer at Stamford Bridge when a world-record offer arrived from China in January.

But boss Antonio Conte has decided to cash in on Costa at the end of the season as he looks to take the team in a new direction.

SunSport understands that Conte and technical director Michael Emenalo have agreed to offload the hitman for a huge fee, with Costa himself keen on ousting Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

And the Spain international will be replaced by not one but TWO big-name strikers as Chelsea look to build on their return to the top.