Chelsea striker Diego Costa is closing in on a long-awaited return to La Liga club Atletico Madrid, writes The London Evening Standard.
Though the Spain international’s return to the club he won La Liga with in 2014 isn’t a shocking headline by any stretch of the imagination, it includes an interesting suggestion that Costa could ply his trade on loan with another Premier League club before he can register for Atletico Madrid in 2018.
The 28-year-old is currently in Brazil after ignoring orders from Chelsea to return for pre-season training.
Antonio Conte has since added Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as a direct replacement, and the Spaniard has made a positive start to life in England, netting twice from three Premier League outings.
Initial reports suggested that Diego Costa would leave Chelsea for a relatively paltry £26 million back in June, but the Premier League champions have held firm in their demands of approximately £50 million.
Atletico Madrid finally appear ready to meet Chelsea’s demands, sparking the imagination of their fans in what would be an exciting Diego Costa-Antoine Griezmann partnership in attack.
Before any of that can happen, Diego Costa will need to arrange a loan move to ensure he remains fit and active for the remaining months of 2017, as he cannot be registered until Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban expires next year.
Various reports have linked Everton as a temporary solution for Diego Costa, where he would play on loan until January, though it is believed that the Spain international wants to leave England.