Diego Costa: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid finally agree terms

Diego Costa: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid finally agree terms

Diego Costa: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid finally agree terms

"Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa", they announced via their website.

The deal marks the end of three controversial seasons in English football for Costa but he leaves having scored 59 goals in 120 appearances and won the Premier League title twice.

But should he pass the medical and agree terms swiftly, he could find himself paraded on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid welcome the West Lononders to their new stadium.

Costa, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Atleti in 2014, has been outcast by Blues boss Antonio Conte since the summer.

The deal was worth 60 million euros ($71.3m), according to AS, while Marca said Atletico will pay 55m euros with a further 10m euros in add-ons.

The news comes after Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui warned Costa that he could forget about playing in next summer's World Cup if he doesn't get his club future sorted.

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Since the transfer window now stands closed and Atletico banned from registering new players until 2018, Costa will only be able to play for Atletico in January.

The 28-year-old striker played for Atletico in several stints, and more permanently from 2012 until moving to Chelsea.

Chelsea will not be subsiding his wages after he has signed for Atletico.

"We cannot register players [until January] but we can sign".

January 31: Costa has a penalty saved in a 1-1 Premier League draw at rivals Liverpool, on transfer deadline day. "We want Diego Costa", Cerezo admitted. It turned into a matter of when, not if, Costa would return to Madrid.

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