CHELSEA have opened transfer negotiations with Atletico Madrid as they look to offload Diego Costa this summer.
Costa, 28, is set to leave Chelsea after three successful seasons at Stamford Bridge where he’s won two Premier League titles and a League Cup trophy.
He was informed by manager Antonio Conte that he was no longer required at the club despite racking up 20 goals in their latest title-winning campaign last season.
And former club Atletico Madrid are looking likely to snap him up despite not being able to register any new players this summer as they serve a transfer ban.
The Mirror claim Chelsea have already opened transfer talks with the La Liga giants ahead of a summer move.
Apparently Atletico would look to sign Costa and then loan him out until they can register him in January.
The Mirror add Chelsea want £50m for the striker as despite his transfer value being damaged by him announcing that he intended to leave the club.
The Blues are likely to spend that fee on adding additional attacking talent such as Everton’s Romelu Lukaku or Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata.
They’ve also been linked with a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko who could be the second Monaco midfielder to join the Premier League after Bernardo Silva joined Manchester City earlier in June.