Premier League champions officially agreed to sell Diego Costa to his former Spanish La Liga club, Atletico Madrid.
The move, however, is yet to be completed following Atleti’s transfer window ban. With this, Costa could not be registered as La Liga player until the sanction has been lifted in January 2018.
The 28-year-old footballer has not played for Chelsea since the season started and spent most of his time in his native Brazil following the controversial text message sent by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. It said that he was no longer in Conte’s plans for this term.
Given the issue, the striker expressed his hopes to return to Atletico and further stated that Chelsea were tearing him like “a criminal” by demanding an “impossible fee.”
Prior this, Costa already received signing offer from China which was reported to worth £30 million a year in salary. But Cheslea claimed that they had no intention to sell the Brazil-born striker.
Costa who left the Spanish club giant in 2014, joined Chelsea for a reported £32m. He scored 58 goals out of the 120 appearances in the Premier League since joining the Antonio Conte’s squad. This also includes 20 in the last season as the Blues claimed domestic league title.
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