According to multiple sources across Spain this afternoon, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have finally reached a deal to send striker Diego Costa to the Spanish capital.
As has been common knowledge for several months now, Spanish international Costa is very much surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, having been informed by Blues boss Antonio Conte that he is free to leave the club.
A turbulent summer which saw both club and player take aim at the other was expected to result in Costa being loaned out ahead of a January transfer to Atletico Madrid, though a move never materialised.
As a result, the 28-year-old has been forced to remain in the English capital, and was even a surprise inclusion in Conte’s 25-man squad for the first-half of the Premier League campaign.
However, as per reports from both Cope and Marca, along with multiple other outlets in Spain today, Costa’s move back to his former club looks to finally be close to completion, after Chelsea and Atletico agreed on a deal worth 55 million Euro + 10 million in bonuses.
The striker will reportedly put pen to paper on a contract which will tie him down to the Wanda Metropolitano outfit until 2021, and is expected to be present at Los Colchoneros La Liga clash with Sevilla this Saturday.
Costa will begin training with his Atletico teammates immediately, before making his second debut for the club upon their transfer embargo being lifted in January.