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Atletico Madrid confirm Diego Costa deal

Atletico Madrid confirm Diego Costa deal

Atletico said the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain global, who left the club to join Chelsea in 2014, would have a medical in the next few days before completing the move in the New Year.

Chelsea face Atletico in a Champions League group stage match in Madrid next week, though it is not yet clear whether Costa will be unveiled before then.

"The transfer will be subject to reaching a private agreement with the footballer and the results of his medical (check-up)", the Chelsea statement added.

The 28-year-old was purchased by Chelsea from Atletico in 2014.

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.

However, Costa will not find himself straight back in action as Atletico have been officially banned from signing new players until January.

June 8: Costa says Conte sent him a text message to tell the striker he is not in his plans next season.

With relations between player and club at a breaking point, Costa refused to return to west London as he remained AWOL in Brazil - the land of his birth.

Goal revealed earlier on Thursday that an agreement had been reached for the want-away striker, with Atletico set to part with around £40 million.

Atletico face Chelsea in the Champions League next Wednesday. But I'm glad I came here tonight [to learn that we are about to sign Costa] because now I can go home calmer.

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

The Diego Costa saga, the football soap opera of all football soap operas, is finally over.


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