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Chelsea and Atletico agree £57m fee for Diego Costa

Chelsea and Atletico agree £57m fee for Diego Costa

An agreement has finally been reached for Diego Costa to return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea.

The 28-year-old Spanish citizen joined the London club in 2014 and has scored 59 goals in 120 matches.

January 22: Costa is restored to Chelsea's starting line-up at the first opportunity and scores his 52nd goal on his 100th Chelsea appearance in a 2-0 win over Hull.

"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 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.

It brings to an end a troubled spell for the striker who went AWOL this summer after Antonio Conte told him he was surplus to requirements at the club.

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The troubled striker has not played a single minute of competitive football since Spain's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in June.

Earlier this summer, Costa accused Chelsea of pricing him out of his desired move back to Atletico in an interview with ESPN Brasil, but the clubs have now agreed on a fee.

Atletico are in the same Champions League group as Chelsea but their two clashes will both be before Costa is eligible to continue his career with the Spanish club.

But January moves tend to be smaller ones, and it's not like Costa and Griezmann can't play together.

He had made it clear throughout a protracted saga that a return to Atletico was his preferred choice, and he has now got his wish.


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