Atletico say Diego Costa will go back to Spain from Chelsea

September 22, 2017
Diego Costa during his Chelsea days celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, on Monday, May 8.


MADRID, Spain (AP):

Diego Costa will finally reunite with Atletico Madrid. Atletico and Chelsea announced yesterday they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian-born striker to the Spanish club.

Atletico said Chelsea gave the Spain international permission to travel to Madrid in the coming days to take his medical and finalise the contract with his former club.

The English team said it reached a deal with Atletico but the transfer was pending the medical and an "agreement of personal terms" between the player and Spanish club.

Spanish media said Costa's transfer will be worth nearly 60 million euros ($72 million).

Costa will be allowed to play for Atletico only from January, when the club's FIFA-imposed ban on registering new players ends.

He is expected to be at the team's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium tomorrow, when Atletico hosts Sevilla in the Spanish league.

Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in July 2014 for 32 million pounds ($41.2 million at the time) on a five-year deal. He helped the club win two Premier League titles in three years, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances in all competitions.

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