Journalist says Chelsea want to sign two Real Madrid stars

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The tabloid have published an eye catching story on Tuesday morning which aims at raising the spirits of Chelsea fans, while running counter to all other analysis of the current situation involving Diego Costa.

After being gazumped by Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea are desperate to add another striker to their ranks.

Something has to give soon, and AS believe progress is expected 'this week'.

Rudiger moves to England after two years at the Serie A club, whom he initially joined on a season-long loan from Stuttgart, and will help fill the void left by John Terry's departure for Aston Villa.

Any deal with Atletico Madrid will either see Costa not playing until the January window, or going on loan elsewhere between now and then.

Diego Costa is ready to play for Chelsea again and make peace with boss Antonio Conte.

The Spanish club's initial offer, worth around £26 million (S$46.4 million), falls well short of Chelsea's valuation but talks are continuing aimed at striking a compromise.

Blues manager Conte looks set to miss out on his primary transfer target this summer after United confirmed they had agreed a fee with Everton for Lukaku on Saturday. The player was supposed to return to work on Monday, but it is understood that this is because his exit is close.

Dortmund are willing to sell the 28-year-old Gabonese striker for 70 million euros.

Chelsea are preparing a move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, according to the Guardian.

Lukaku has stayed in the United States where he is training alongside Paul Pogba, and he is due to have a medical ahead of his Old Trafford switch. It will also allow Chelsea to scout further and find the best striker for them.

Morata will get a glimpse of what might have been as Madrid and United share the same preseason facilities in Los Angeles. Conte has already told Costa that he can leave this summer and a departure back to Atletico via China could be on the cards.