As had been widely speculated in the Spanish press over the past couple of weeks, Atlético forward Diego Costa will join the ranks of Rayo Vallecano through the end of the season.
According to AS, the Brazilian will undergo a medical on Tuesday, after which he is expected to sign with Rayo on loan.
The deal was rumoured to have been delayed because of Atleti’s interest in some of Rayo’s promising young stars, who los Colchoneros were looking to bring to the Vicente Calderón in exchange for Costa’s services.
The 23-year-old suffered a severe knee injury in pre-season, and was only cleared to play a little over a week ago.
However, the attacker cannot be registered with los Rojiblancos for this campaign due to the unavailability of non-EU spots on the squad.
La Liga only permits the enrollment of a maximum of three players without a European passport on a team. At Atlético, those spots are currently being taken up by Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eduardo Salvio (Argentina) and Miranda (Brazil).