Diego Costa looks to be in his last days as an Atlético player, after telling the club he wishes to move to Chelsea.
The player underwent a medical on Wednesday, and has now confirmed his desire to leave after his best season so far with Atleti.
“Chelsea have made an offer to Atlético Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa’s contract, and have been advised that the player has provided notice to Atlético Madrid, invoking the buyoung clause and directing the club to accept Chelsea’s offer,” a Chelsea source told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea look forward to entering into formal transfer documentation with Atlético Madrid as soon as possible so that the player can concentrate on the World Cup.”
An Atleti spokesman on Wednesday said that los Rojiblancos had “no knowledge” of any such medical or agreement that was widely reported.
Enrique Cerezo was under the same impression, with the president confirming that no agreement had yet been finalised.
“If Costa has an agreement with another club, then let him come and tell us”, he was quoted as saying in Spanish media.
“If he wants to leave, let him come and deposit his buyout clause – which I believe is around 42 or 43 million euros.”
It looks as if Atleti are now resigned to losing their star striker from last season, in what will not be the last of the transfer dealings between Chelsea and Atlético this summer.
The future of Courtois is still up in the air, and Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be close to signing both Filipe Luis and Tiago, the latter having played at Chelsea for Mourinho 10 years ago.
It’s not all one-way traffic though, with rumours mounting that Atleti could be looking to sign Romelu Lukaku, who spent last season on-loan at Everton, as a direct replacement for Costa.
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