Chelsea striker Diego Costa looks all set to secure his return to Atletico Madrid in the next few days. The Blues confirmed yesterday that they had agreed a fee (believed to be in the region of £53m) with the La Liga side to sell the 28 year old.
The forward has been pictured taking a flight to Spain from his native Brazil, and will undergo a medical in Madrid before his move to the Spanish capital is finalised.
It is believed that everything will be done and dusted by the weekend, and although the transfer can’t officially happen until January, when Atletico’s transfer ban is lifted, Costa is expected to join up with his Atletico team mates and train to build up his fitness.
The striker has denied that he holds any bitterness about how things ended at Chelsea, and when asked whether he had a message for the Blues fans, he said:
“Everybody knows how much I love the fans.”
Some on Twitter were very surprised that Chelsea managed to get the transfer fee they got for the Spaniard, especially considering that the player only wanted to make the switch to Atletico and no other club:
Do you have any unwanted items that you can shift for some cash? Then call Chelsea now!…Diego Costa – £53m to Atletico Madrid
— Keith Richard ??CFC? (@Richard_WARROOM) 22 September 2017
Cheerio diego costa, 53m on a player we bought for 30m is a nice return. I will miss him, but i’m relieved he’s going tbh.
— AZZA (@iAZZA85) 21 September 2017
£53m for 29 year old Diego Costa! ???? https://t.co/Ele2RkV37Y
— Fadi Machnouk (@FMachnouk) 22 September 2017
Others just paid tribute to the Spaniard:
Thanks for everything Diego Costa !
2x Premier League ????????
1x League Cup ????
Thanks for the memories Diego! #CFC
— Saad Zaman (SZK) (@CfcSzk) 22 September 2017
im going to miss diego costa so much????????
— M. (@skybluesilk) 22 September 2017
— Laurence Baker (@LaurenceB20) 22 September 2017