Chelsea's Diego Costa

Diego Costa was “on the verge” of loan move

Manager of Fenerbahce Aykut Kocaman has admitted that the Turkish club were “on the verge” of signing Chelsea forward Diego Costa today, however, the deal fell apart due to the timing of the move.


The 28-year-old has spent most of this summer in Brazil, unwilling to return to Chelsea – attempted to force through a move to Atlético Madrid.

Costa has been desperate to return to former club Atlético Madrid.

In fact, the Spaniard has been desperate to go wherever manager Antonio Conte is not.

Conte sent Costa this message at the start of the summer:

“Hi Diego, I hope you are well. Thanks for the season we spent together.

Good luck for the next year but you are not in my plan.”

The transfer never took place and he remains in Chelsea blue for now.

He was even named as part of Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad just recently.

Fenerbahce talks

Fenerbahce boss Aykut Kocaman confirmed that his side were today in talks with Diego Costa over a move.

The deal being discussed was understood to be a loan move.

He was also attracting the interest of Besiktas.

Unfortenley though, it doesn’t look like we will see Costa ‘come to Besiktas’ anytime soon…

His preferred move to Atletico Madrid has been made difficult given their transfer ban.

Should Costa rejoin Madrid it wouldn’t be until at least January 2018.

Deal off

However, at the same time, Kocaman appeared to also confirm that the deal was off.

“Diego Costa was one of our targets. He is a special player.

“He was on the verge of joining us, but now the situation seems negative.”