OFFICIAL: Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa for reported €60m. The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical as the Spanish striker won’t be able to play for the team until January.
Diego Simeone has made it his personal mission to bring Costa back to his old club after signing his new contract in early September.
Chelsea snubbed Atletico Madrid’s interest in Costa in the summer of 2016. The forward pushed to move to Tianjin Quanjian in January but the deal was delayed as Chelsea fought for the title. The Chinese club offered almost triple his wages and were willing to pay a £76 million fee to Chelsea.
The deal collapsed after the Chinese Super League imposed a 100 per cent tax on transfers for foreign players. Atletico Madrid then re-ignited their interest but they suffered a transfer ban which has delayed their ability to bring in Costa.
Costa reacted angrily in the summer after Antonio Conte sent him a text message to tell him he is no longer needed at the club. The Spain international’s relationship with Conte and his club has been strained ever since with both sides then looking into a legal resolution to the situation.