Diego Costa will hand in a formal transfer request to Chelsea as he looks to resolve his future before the end of the transfer window.
Costa struck 20 goals last season as he spearheaded Chelsea’s surge to a fifth Premier League crown, but was made aware in January that he was not part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the forthcoming campaign.
Atletico Madrid and AC Milan have been touted as the most likely destinations for the Spain striker, with the former seemingly his preferred destination.
Costa’s lawyer, Ricardo Cardoso, told EFE that the striker now intends to formally request his way out of Stamford Bridge:
“We are going to use all the legal mechanisms to hold Chelsea accountable for this behaviour, making it possible for Diego Costa to leave.”
via Sky Sports
Antonio Conte has moved quickly to replace him, first approaching Romelu Lukaku before signing Alvaro Morata in a £70M deal from Real Madrid.
It was initally believed the striker would go to China but now a return to Atletico seems most likely, after the Chinese window shut without any deal being agreed.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone admitted a reunion is possible, with Costa showing he clearly still holds the club in his heart, wearing an Atletico jersey in recent social media posts.
“Diego Costa? If he comes in January… we can’t say anything about that yet.
“I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.”
One thing is for certain, Costa is set to leave Stamford Bridge in acrimonious circumstances, and Atletico look more than happy to take him back with open arms.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.
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