Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Atletico Madrid closing in on Costa

Atletico Madrid closing in on Costa

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has admitted his sadness over the club's ongoing transfer dispute with striker Diego Costa.

Having left Los Rojiblancos for Stamford Bridge in 2014 after winning La Liga, Costa has repeatedly expressed a desire to return to Madrid throughout the summer.

Recently returning to London, the Spanish worldwide hasn't relented in the pursuit of his dream move to the Spanish capital.

Regardless of when he signs for Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa won't be able to play for the club until the January transfer window onwards, due to their registration ban.

Conte deemed Costa surplus to requirements and opted to invest £70 million in Morata and has been rewarded with three goals in five games, but Zola warns consistency is how he will stay a success at Chelsea.

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Costa was told by manager Antonio Conte over the summer that he was not needed for the new campaign in London, and as a result the player flew back to his home in Brazil to spend his time there.

It's expected that the two clubs will agree a fee of €60m with the suggestion that this could be as quickly as today.

Costa, 28, rejected the chance to move to the Chinese Super League previous year and Fenerbahce recently, holding out for an emotional return to Atletico.

With 2018 a World Cup year, Costa will have six months to prove to Spain manager Julen Lopetegui he is worth a place in the squad, should they reach Russian Federation.

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