Conte Has The Perfect £61m Solution To His Diego Costa Problem

And he plays for Real Madrid

Antonio Conte's maiden voyage in the choppy seas of the Premier League could hardly be going smoother.

The giant-faced Italian is sitting pretty at the top of the league while - for now at least - satisfying his boss's demand for football that looks how a sitting on a super yacht in the middle of the Med feels.

His one nagging problem? What to do about Diego Costa, the talented striker with the attitude and temperament of a recently dumped teenage. Speculation over whether the 28-year-olda will take his poorly back over to the continent or to China for silly billy money has disrupted what should be a happy January for the London club.

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Still, in football there is always a solution to every problem, and that solution is spending loads of money.

According to reports in Spain, Conte has asked the powers that be at Chelea to 'make an effort' to sign Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata for something in region of £61.5 million.

The Spanish international is reportedly unhappy at the Bernabéu after starting just 10 games all season and, with Conte having tried to sign him already during last summer, it seems more than feasible that the deal could happen at the end of the season.

That, though, is of course a very long time off indeed in the world of football.