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Atletico Finally Reach Diego Costa Agreement With Chelsea… But There’s A Catch

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Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea over Diego Costa’s return to Spain.

Atletico Madrid only want to sign Diego Costa in January

However, the La Liga club want the Spanish striker to join them during the winter transfer window in January.

And this would pose a huge problem for Chelsea and their manager Antonio Conte, who have made it clear that they do not want the striker at Stamford Bridge.

Wantaway Blues star Diego Costa has made it clear that he will disobey Chelsea orders and fly off to Spain in order to force through a move to Atletico Madrid.

According to Don Balon a deal worth £41.3m (€45m) with a further (€10m in add-ons has been agreed.

Atletico Madrid cannot register new players until January due to a trader embargo.

Barcelona had faced a similar situation when they roped in Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid in the summer but he did not play for the Catalan giants until the New Year.

Costa’s dream move back to Atletico Madrid being put on hold as they have a transfer embargo until January.

But Atletico boss Diego Simone is not interested in doing the same in Costa’s case.

However, the Spanish striker wants to make a move now as he wants to seal a place in the Spain national squad for the 2018 World Cup next summer – and he has made it clear that his heart his set at a return to Atletico Madrid.

Diego Costa is determined to force through a move to former club Atletico Madrid

FootTheBall had earlier reported that Premier League champions Chelsea had given Diego Costa four conditions to fulfill before the club bosses will consider selling him.

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The Blues bosses had given the Spaniard the ultimatum as he did not return to London and showed no interest in playing for the club.

The Spain striker has disobeyed Chelsea orders and refused to return to Cobham

ALSO READ: Diego Costa Given Four Demands By Chelsea Before Club Will Consider Selling Him To Atletico Madrid

The Blues hierarchy had given Costa four conditions before they would consider his demand of a move to Atletico:

He must return to Cobham.

Costa must return to training.

He must prove his match fitness.

And Costa must put him into contention for a first-team place.

Diego Costa posted a video of himself partying in a Atletico Madrid shirt

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But in a statement, Costa has now said: “My destination has already been decided. I must return to Atletico Madrid.”

“It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea do not want to release me.”

“But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”

Wantaway Blues star Diego Costa had also claimed that he is being treated like a “criminal” by Chelsea.

Costa has been training alone in Brazil

Costa has also launched a legal case against Chelsea over his pending exit from Stamford Bridge.

Earlier last week, Costa’s lawyer Ricardo Cardoso had threatened the Blues of legal action regarding the treatment of the Spaniard – mainly for blocking his anticipated return to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

ALSO READ: Diego Costa Opens Legal Case Against Chelsea Over His Pending Exit From Stamford Bridge

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Costa had accentuated that he is being held against his will as he desperately wants to join his former club Atletico Madrid.

He had said: “I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?”

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has opened a legal case against the Premier League club

“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid.”

“They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys. I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”

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But Blues boss Antonio Conte laughed off Diego Costa’s claims that Chelsea have treated him like a “criminal.”

Conte could not contain his amusement, laughed for nearly a minute in front of the TV cameras and also insisted Costa is now “in the past” for the club after his public outbursts.

Conte laughed off at Costa’s admission

When asked about the “criminal” remarks, Conte said: “It’s great. I prefer to laugh.

“I can tell you that everyone [who] was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.

“No. I’m not interested to continue this issue. I repeat: for me, it is in the past.”

Costa, who has not returned to Chelsea and is training alone in Brazil have slammed Antonio Conte of dismissing him via a text message.

Diego Costa showed off his lighter side in Brazil

Costa’s summer so far has seen him clowning around in a multi-coloured wig, driving quad bikes, training on a beach alone and partying in an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Costa has been fined £300,000 after failing to report for training two weeks ago.

And now Spanish club Atletico Madrid have reportedly offered to pay his fine once he joins his former club.

ALSO READ: Wantaway Star Diego Costa Clowns Around In A Wig As His Enforced Chelsea Exile Continues

Costa was expected to return to London to work on his fitness ahead of a move – but now the Spaniard has made it clear that he will not head back to Chelsea and instead he will fly off to Spain in a bid to force through his move to Atletico.

Diego Costa is desperate to return to Atletico

Reports yesterday also claimed that La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna are willing to rope in Costa on a short-term loan until January.

ALSO READ: Chelsea To Pay Atletico-Bound Diego Costa £185,000-A-Week Until JANUARY As Striker Snubs Milan Move

And that would allow Atletico Madrid to sign him in the new year.

Another possible way out is for him to join Atletico now and spend the next few months training on his own.

Diego Simeone’s side can still buy new players but they cannot register them due to a Fifa transfer embargo which will end in January 2018.

ALSO READ: Diego Costa Trains On A Beach In Brazil As He As He Steps Up Summer Exit From Chelsea

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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