AWOL Costa To End Chelsea Nightmare In R930m Transfer

Keane Costa is a balloon but Kane can match Ronaldo

Keane Costa is a balloon but Kane can match Ronaldo

Chelsea were reluctant to be held to ransom by Atletico and had tried to offload Costa elsewhere, though his lack of fitness was a barrier - hence why they pleaded with him to return to training in Cobham.

A summer on strike is set to bear fruit for Chelsea attacker Diego Costa, according to the Daily Mirror.

Los Rojiblancos hope to conclude a deal in the coming days that allows Costa to train with the Diego Simeone's squad and be fit and raring to go when the club's transfer embargo is lifted.

Costa's position on the matter would be that he would not return until an agreement was reached - though Chelsea wanted to do it the other way around - but it appears that following talks between the player's agent and Chelsea, a breakthrough has been made.

Even if Atletico had managed to agree a deal before the transfer window closed, Costa would not have been eligible to play until January due to the club's transfer ban.

The Spanish worldwide has spent the summer back in his native Brazil after Blues Boss Antonio Conte told last season's top scorer he has no future at Stamford Bridge.

The expected transfer fee is expected to be in the region of €60m (£54m) - which would make the Spain global Atletico's most expensive ever signing.

At the end of last season Blues manager Antonio Conte informed Costa that he would not be part of his first-team plans going forward, clearing the way for him to find a new club over the summer.

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