Playing futures – the latest on Costa and Payet

Published by on January 17, 2017

The January transfer window is bringing up more drama than ever.

Diego Costa and Dimitri Payet have been the main players so far, but it looks like the Chelsea striker is far less likely to leave and may be forced to wait until the summer.

The Spain international is now being made to train alone, which certainly doesn’t suggest Antonio Conte is yet ready to bring him in from the cold after dropping him against Leicester.

Yet, SkyBet don’t seem to think a move is imminent either, as he’s 4/1 to sign for any Chinese club before February 3rd. That implies Roman Abramovich could just have him sidelined as an example to others if he can’t make up with the manager.

The consensus still seems to be that when he does go, it will be to the Chinese Super League. Costa has previously expressed a wish to return to Atletico Madrid, but that’s at 25/1, while a switch to the MLS is even longer odds at 33/1.

Chelsea are in an unenviable position when it comes to dealing with the controversial star. He’s found the back of the net 14 times this season, making him the Premier League’s top scorer. To make matters worse, the club have already alienated Michy Batshuayi, and the young Belgian is yet to score a league goal in England.

The good news is that this isn’t the first time Costa’s kicked off about a potential transfer, so maybe there will still be a resolution.

As for Dimitri Payet, no such resolution is on the cards. The Frenchman is at 4/9 to join Marseille in the coming weeks, and that seems to be gathering pace despite West Ham rejecting the Ligue 1 side’s first two bids, believed to be around £20million.

The Hammers have tried so hard to maintain their stance that their best players would not be sold, so Payet remaining at the London Stadium is at 13/8, just in case the board don’t allow this deal to happen just out of principle.

David Gold and David Sullivan will want at least £30million for him – even if he is 29 years old – so that’s another issue that could hold up the deal.

It will certainly be interesting to see what clubs are willing to pay for him, as while he’s notched up six assists, he’s scored just twice in the league this term and doesn’t look on course to equal last year’s tally of nine.