Chelsea have finally agreed to sell wantaway striker Diego Costa to Altetico Madrid, for a fee that is expected to reach €60 million with add ons.
Spanish publication Marca report that the two have finally reached an agreement, and that Costa will join Atletico in January, when the window re-opens and the La Liga side have their transfer ban lifted.
Costa has been AWOL all summer for Chelsea and has claimed to be unfairly treated by blues boss Antonio Conte, who he claims sent him a text message to confirm that he was no longer in the Italians plans.
However, the Spanish International has made no secret of his desire to go back to Spain and rejoin Atletico, and has allegedly told Conte this three times since he took over at Stamford Bridge.
It is unclear where Costa will spend the months leading upto January, with some reports suggesting that he has already moved his family to Spain.
The 28-year old was close to going to Turkey on loan last week in what seemed like the sensible option, but that seemed to fall through at the last minute.
With it being World Cup year and Conte claiming that Costa is ‘no more’ at Chelsea, it appears that he will now not play any competitive football until the new year, surely ending any hopes he has to join the Spain squad this summer.
Simon Phillips @SiPhillipsCFC