Premier League champions Chelsea have this afternoon confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to send striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish capital.
Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £32 million transfer from Atletico in 2014, going on to achieve huge success with the Blues over the past three years.
He notched 52 goals in 89 top-flight appearances for the London giants, securing Premier League titles in 2015 and 2017, along with the League Cup in 2015.
However, as has been common knowledge for several months now, Costa was informed by current Blues boss Antonio Conte at the start of the summer that he had become surplus to requirements at the club, with a return to Atletico Madrid having long been in the pipeline.
And, as per an announcement on Chelsea’s official website this afternoon, a deal has finally been reached between the clubs over Costa’s transfer, with the Spaniard set to return to his former club with immediate effect.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 21, 2017
The 28-year-old is expected to put pen-to-paper on a deal that will keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2021, and will begin training with his new teammates imminently.
However, he will not be permitted to line out for Los Colchoneros until their transfer ban is lifted in January.
Atletico Madrid paying Chelsea about £50m for Diego Costa. Chelsea will not be subsidising his wages even though he can’t play until Jan
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) September 21, 2017