Chelsea close in on France wonderkids after club’s shock win against Paris Saint-Germain

Reports in England Dijon pair Mounir Chouiar and Bryan Soumare are beginning to appear on the radar of clubs in England with Chelsea scouts reportedly in attendance to cast their eye over them in their shock win against Paris Saint-Germain.

Chouiar was a particular stand-out for the Ligue 1 minnows as he scored the opening goal in their comeback win against the champions.

Chelsea have shown a willingness to place faith in youth and while they are currently serving a two-window transfer ban, the Sun report that both have been scouted by the Blues.

According to Sportsmail, Soumare in particular has had something of a meteoric rise already this season having joined Dijon on a free transfer from lower-league side Saint-Quentin in the summer.

He is capable of playing on either wing and has also shown ability to be effective in central areas.

Chouiar is also viewed as a player who could be acquired for a minimal fee despite gathering media attention after his goal against PSG.

The French-Moroccan starlet has played eight league games and one French Cup match this season and his strike against PSG was his first of the campaign.

But with the club struggling near the foot of Ligue 1, they may need to cash in on one of their star players in order to fund some new signings in a bid to stave off relegation.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone opens up on under-fire striker Diego Costa

Diego Simeone has launched powerful defence of his under fire striker Diego Costa.

Costa came on as a half time replacement for Thomas Lemar in the weekend La Liga 1-1 draw at Sevilla, however the Spanish international saw his bad luck so far this season continue, as he had a goal disallowed and missed a penalty.

The former Chelsea forward has scored just twice in 13 appearances in all competition in 2019-20, and his confidence looks to be dropping by the game, report Football Espana.

However, his manager stated in his post-match interview that he remains right behind Costa, and will not hesitate to keep playing him in the coming weeks.

“When a player works as hard as Costa does, I will always trust them.

“He is physically in great shape and training well.

“At the moment he just cannot find that goal.

“If you are not with Costa, thane you are against him.

“And I would give my life for him.”

Costa is expected to come in to the starting line up for the trip to face Bayer Leverkusen in midweek, with French international Lemar struggling with an injury.

However, Simeone will be hoping that Costa can rediscover his goal scoring touch quickly, with a testing set of fixtures in the coming weeks for Los Rojibla.

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