Even 20 goal a season Lukaku (Conte’s supposed “first choice”) would have been a huge downgrade on Costa. Even “best striker in the league” Harry Kane would have been a downgrade. It had always been Costa vs Aguero for top dog in the league IMO. Conte’s idiocy aside, the club should have never allowed this whole thing to unfold. Just like Luiz ending up in exile. Sometimes someone has to step up to unreasonable people no matter the consequences. Also, in response to that nonsense about Costa supposedly being poor over at Atletico, anyone who seriously watches La Liga would have known that Atletico looked a whole lot better with Diego. It is no surprise they actually won a trophy all over again.