Atletico Madrid have advised Diego Costa to return to west London after failing to secure a deal to bring him back to La Liga from Chelsea this summer, reports say.
The Spanish giants are confident to get the move over the line in the next month, ahead of a January switch, but want Costa to return to Stamford Bridge to make his peace with the club in order to help move things along.
Costa fell out with Antonio Conte at the start of the transfer window and the Blues boss told the forward via text message that he’s not a part of his plans for the 2017/18 season.
Chelsea were in talks to sell the Spaniard back to his former club in the final week of the transfer window but a deal failed to be struck.
While Atletico have time on their side as their transfer embargo meant Costa couldn’t play for them before January anyway, but they want the 28-year-old back in training and fully fit by October.
Chelsea are still holding out for £50million, with Atletico willing to offer closer to £40m but they are hoping that price will drop if Costa makes amends with his current club, according to the Daily Mail.
Whether Costa swallows his pride is another matter as the striker feels unjustly treated.
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Striker bid failed
Tottenham are reported to have failed with a late deadline day move to sign striker Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino did land a striker on Thursday when snapping up Fernando Llorente from Swansea, but reports now claim that he tried to sign Batshuayi first of all.
Chelsea quickly knocked back the bid as they would not have been unable to sign a suitable replacement in time, and Spurs then turned to Spanish ace Llorente, who was also a target for the Blues.
Chelsea wanted to sign Llorente to supplement Alvaro Morata and Batshuayi, while Diego Costa is on strike, and were not willing to let anyone leave, hence the decision to reject Tottenham’s approach.
Llorente does have a better Premier League goalscoring record than Batshuayi, so Pochettino is no doubt delighted with the transfer business he did on deadline day.