Chelsea have confirmed they have reached agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Diego Costa
A statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”
The English club has authorized Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo a medical and agree a contract with our club.
The 28 year old striker joined Chelsea from Atletico for a reported £32m three years ago.
Costa last appeared for Chelsea was in May at FA Cup final against Arsenal,where he scored his last goal.Out of 120 appearances for the London club he has scored 59 goals, including 20 in the Premier League last season as Chelsea won the title.
Atletico can officially register Costa on Jan. 1, when the Spanish transfer window re-opens and their FIFA transfer ban ends, but agreeing a deal means the focus can now turn to getting the 28-year-old back into peak physical condition in time for the new year.
Costa will sign a contract through June 2021 and will be Atletico’s most expensive signing, with the Spanish publication saying Atletico will pay £57.3 million,exceeding the €40m they paid Porto for Radamel Falcao in 2011.
His position in the team had also been placed under threat by the arrival of striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid during the last transfer window, for the club-record £58m.
Costa has not been featured in premier league this season as he was told over a text message that he was not in Antonio Conte’s plans for this season.The striker stated this summer his wish to return to Atletico, and said Chelsea were treating him like “a criminal” by demanding an “impossible fee”.
Chelsea face Atletico in a Champions League group stage match in Madrid next Wednesday.