Atletico Madrid are reportedly preparing a final bid for out-of-favor Chelsea forward Diego Costa, according to reports emerging out of Spain.
Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that Atletico Madrid are ready to break their transfer record to sign ex-player Diego Costa from Chelsea and they are currently preparing a whopping bid of £57 million to land the controversial forward.
The latest bid of around £48 million upfront and £9 million in add-ons is expected to be the final offer from Atletico for Costa as they make a last-ditch effort to acquire the player who led them to their last domestic title in 2014.
While it has been known for a while that Costa has no place in the Chelsea first team, the Blues are said to be playing hard ball with aggressive forward as punishment for his poor attitude. The Brazilian born has failed to turn up for training at Chelsea and currently is at his home in Brazil after refusing to return to London.
Nevertheless, Atletico will be expected to finalize the move of the 28-year-old as Chelsea would be better off selling him rather than pay the wages and Rojiblancos will be keen to field the forward by registering him in January.
Atleti will also hope that a deal can be confirmed before the January transfer window begins due to the fact that Costa has not played any competitive football for more than 100 days and is currently unfit.
Therefore, it will be in Madrid’s best interest to sign the player early and have him train with the first team before he makes his second debut for the club.
Signing the Spanish international will undoubtedly make Rojiblancos a much stronger team and his partnership with ace Antoine Greizmann might turn Diego Simeone’s men into a force to be reckoned with in Spain as well as in European competitions.