After a bitter feud and summer long speculation, drawing out till a deadline day disappointment for Diego Costa, there is finally positive news for the striker, whose fall from Premier League glory has been a sad spectacle. Now, after refusing to play or train with Chelsea, a deal has been agreed, and the destination is one he’ll be happy about.
In a statement on their website, the London club confirmed: “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.”
Furthermore, various reports suggest the agreed transfer fee to be in the range of €55 million, which would make the 28-year-old striker’s prodigal return a club record deal for Atletico Madrid.
This will be a return home for Costa, who had arrived at Chelsea from Madrid back in 2014, going on to guide the club to two Premier League titles as well as finishing at the top of the goal-scoring list for three seasons.
However, a training ground dispute with manager Antonio Conte escalated into a full-out disagreement, with the player being very vocal about his desire to leave the club. An impending offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian further added to the dispute.
The Blues will benefit well from the departure, since the speculated fee would match what they paid to bring in club record signing Alvaro Morata earlier this summer.
However, the Spanish international won’t be able to start with the La Liga side till January 1, which is the earliest that the club can register him as an official player. Moreover, Costa would also become the club’s first signing after the FIFA transfer ban imposed on them is lifted.
It can be well assured that the months leading to the new year will be spent training by the player in an attempt to resurrect his form from what has been a rusty and frustrating break.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.