Chelsea’s Diego Costa could finally be set to return to Atlético after two years in West London.
The controversial striker has never really seemed to settle in the Premier League, and stories linking him with a return to La Liga have been a regular occurrence for the past number of months.
Now it seems that a move back to Spain could be on the cards.
The Mirror are today reporting that talks have already begun between the two clubs with a view to sealing a £35m transfer.
Atlético are in the market for a striker this summer despite tying star forward Antoine Griezmann down to a new long term deal, and although they are interested in Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuaín, Diego Costa would represent a much easier (and cheaper) transfer to conduct for Los Rojiblancos.
The Spanish international has scored 37 goals in 78 appearances for Chelsea, and would almost certainly jump at the chance to return to the club where he made his name.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was apparently initially keen on keeping the 27 year old, but is prepared to sanction the move as soon as his new club have completed the £33m deal to take Belgian international Michy Butshayi to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are set to have something of a clearout of their strikers this summer – Costa’s likely departure will come after the club decided not to renew the loan deals of Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato, while Loïc Rémy is also likely to be on his way through the exit door.
Therefore, Batshuayi is likely to be joined at the club by another new forward. They have been linked with the likes of Higuaín and Romelu Lukaku, but Conte’s prime target remains Spanish striker Álvaro Morata if Real Madrid can be convinced to sell the 23 year old at a reasonable price.