Want-away Chelsea striker, Diego Costa, is set to complete his departure from Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The Spaniard has been the centre of attention this summer after publicly revealing that manager Antonio Conte texted him after the end of last season to tell him he was no longer in his plans. He has since been strongly linked with a move back to former club Atlético Madrid.
It appears the Spanish side are closing in on their target as, according to the Daily Mirror, Atleti are set to agree on a £30 million deal with the Premier League champions.
The Spanish international joined Chelsea from Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2014 after leading the club to a shock La Liga title and Champions League final. It was a breakout season for the striker but would not be a one off as he scored 20 goals in 26 Premier League appearances in his debut season in England, helping the Blues to the title.
Costa has been a regular scorer during his three seasons in England, with 52 goals in his 89 Premier League appearances, winning the title on two occasions.
The 28-year-old’s behaviour on the pitch has certainly come into question during his time in West London and one has to wonder if that – or any potential bad behaviour behind the scenes – was responsible for his falling out with manager, Conte.
Diego Costa hasn’t made his own future easy as he is adamant that he will only leave Stamford Bridge for Atlético Madrid. This is despite the Spanish side being under a transfer embargo until the winter transfer window. Chelsea have also failed to find a club to send him out on loan until January. Everton are linked with a move for the striker, having already sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United themselves.
Chelsea have already replaced Costa with the signing of Álvaro Morata from Real Madrid and already have Michy Batshuayi on their books.