The long-awaited return of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid impends following statements from both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa,” read part of a statement on the club’s official website.
Spanish newspaper Marca suggested the transfer fee was in the region of €65 million on Monday.
Atletico Madrid elaborated on their official website, saying, “The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.”
The statement went on to say that Diego Costa has been granted permission by Chelsea to travel to Madrid and undergo a medical to finalise the move.
El Mundo have reported on a potential four-year contract for the Spain international that will make him the club’s record transfer – surpassing the €40 million deal for FC Porto’s Radamel Falcao in 2011.
Diego Costa will be unable to turn out for his new club until January 1, when Atletico Madrid’s FIFA-imposed transfer ban ends.
Atletico Madrid welcome Chelsea to the brand new, state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano next Wednesday on the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League.