La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are desperate to rope in Diego Costa on the cheap and it is believed that Chelsea would suffer a loss of £50m if the move happens.
Antonio Conte told Costa that he is not wanted at Chelsea next season and the Spanish striker is furious at the lack of respect the Blues boss showed by snubbing him by TEXT.
It is believed that Chelsea will face an uphill task in recovering the £32m they splurged for roping in Costa three years ago after he publicly disclosed that he is no more in Conte’s plans for the next season.
With the new developments it has become clear that the Brazil born star will be moving on from the Stamford Bridge this summer.
Costa displayed incredible form with 20 goals to his name in the Premier League as the Blues were crowned champions in Conte’s debut campaign in England.
Chelsea is set to suffer a huge loss if the Spanish hit-man joins Atletico Madrid this summer or during the winter transfer window in January.
Costa still has two years left on his current £180,000-a-week contract.
Costa has been under the radar of Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian and the Spanish striker was believed to be unhappy after Chelsea had blocked a mega offer from Chinese club in January.
The Blues could have easily raked in £76m by selling Costa to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian in the last winter transfer window.
But now it seems very difficult as the Spanish striker went public to reveal that he is not wanted at Chelsea.
And the Spanish club has capitalised upon this opportunity and are only offering £22m plus add-ons which is less than a THIRD of the £76m transfer fee that the Chinese Super League club Tianjian Quanjian had offered.
Costa has on multiple occasions revealed that he would love to head back to Atletico Madrid, but the Rojiblancos are barred from making any new signings till January 2018.
But it is believed that his former club Atletico Madrid are in pole position to re-sign the Spanish striker despite being hit with a transfer ban.
The La Liga club can still buy new players but they cannot register them due to a Fifa transfer embargo which will end in January 2018.
Costa can opt for a move to Atletico and then move on loan until the new year – with AC Milan keen on roping him in on a short-term deal.
The Spanish striker can also opt to sit it out until their ban on signing players finishes in January.
Costa’s representatives are now set to hold showdown talks with the Chelsea hierarchy later this week as the Spanish striker wants to sort his future this weekend.
The Blues striker revealed that boss Antonio Conte told him that he is not in his plans for next season and now he is keen on moving back to Atletico this summer and ruled out a move to China as he wants to play for Spain in the 201 World Cup in Russia.
The Atletico hierarchy is so confident of roping in Costa that they have already planned a training programme to keep him fit while he will not play games due to the transfer embargo.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone is optimistic about landing Costa – even though there are chances that Chelsea might insist for a higher transfer fee.