Abramovich would prefer to see Cavani at the Bridge.
Despite much speculation the deal for Chelsea to sign Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa is off as club owner Roman Abramovich favours Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Daily Express.
It seemed as if the transfer of Costa to Stamford Bridge was as good as done, with the striker having a £32m release clause and Atleti manager Diego Simeone even admitting a deal could happen.
Things came to boiling point on Tuesday when the Blues traveled to the Vicente Calderon Stadium for the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final and the 25-year-old responded to chants of ‘we’ll see you next year’ by waving at the away support.
However, Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Filippo Ricci downplayed this action from Costa.
@henrywinter He’s a polite guy. Doesn’t understand a word of the chant…
— Filippo Ricci (@filippomricci) April 22, 2014
It has now emerged that Abramovich could be set to interfere in transfer dealings in any case and force another forward on Mourinho.
Whilst the Portuguese boss favours Costa, the Russian owner wants Cavani due to his higher profile in the sport and things could become tense in west London once again.
One of the main reasons Mourinho left first time around was that Abramovich forced through the £30m signing of Andriy Shevchenko – who was a flop in the Premier League.
Whilst there is no denying Cavani possesses talent it’s clearly thought by the manager that Costa would fit better in to the team’s style.
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