Transfer rumor roundup: Digne to Barcelona, Costa to Atleti

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Diego Simeone’s push to lift Atletico Madrid into the thrones of both Europe and Spain includes a reunion with Diego Costa.

That’s one of the top stories from the world of transfer gossip. Costa is with Chelsea for preseason but Simeone is reportedly quite anxious to pair the big striker with Antoine Griezmann.

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Marca claims that the arrival of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea is enough to allow Antonio Conte to sell Costa, leaving the Premier Leagued devoid of one of its biggest villains.

Barcelona is set to strengthen and lower the age of its defense, with Paris Saint-Germain left back Lucas Digne moving to the Camp Nou. Digne was with AS Roma last season, and the 22-year-old would join French center back Samuel Umtiti as new Barca backs.

Georginio Wijnaldum would throttle Championship defenses, but it seems unlikelt that the Dutchman will stick around St. James Park for next season. The Express claims that Wijnaldum is literally “begging” to leave, and that the Champions League with Tottenham Hotspur would be his preference… but that Spurs don’t want to meet the Magpies’ asking price.

Remember Bebe? The former Manchester United man has apparently made a move from Benfica into La Liga, and this one’s permanent.