Diego Costa transfer on cards as Atletico Madrid consider selling ex-Chelsea ace
Atletico Madrid are open to selling Diego Costa when the transfer window reopens – making him available for a potential Premier League return.
Costa, 31, has spent three years back at Atletico since rejoining from Chelsea in 2017.
But after inspiring the Blues to a pair of Premier League titles, and with an impressive return of 20 goals to show each campaign, the controversial striker has failed to rediscover his best goalscoring form since returning to Spain.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico are prepared to offload him for a second time in the next transfer window.
Reports in Italy suggest Roma are eyeing up a move for Costa amid their search for a new centre-forward.
The Serie A outfit took Nikola Kalinic on loan from Atletico this term, but his return of two goals in 13 appearances means they will not be exercising their option to buy him outright.
Instead, it is believed they will attempt to raid the Wanda Metropolitano for Costa – which they have done unsuccessfully on two occasions in the past.
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Yet Costa’s reported availability could also open the door for a potential return to the Premier League, given the success he enjoyed in his previous stint in England.
When the Spaniard departed Stamford Bridge in 2017, former Chelsea captain John Terry summed up the impact he made at the club in an emotional tribute on Instagram.
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“Good Luck @diego.costa in your next journey my friend,” he wrote.
“An unbelievable player and one of the nicest and funniest guys I have met in football, playing against him in training and games was an absolute nightmare, one of the best and underrated players I have played with and against.
“He gave everything for our club every time he wore a Chelsea shirt and was a born winner.
“Going to miss you mate”.
Costa inspired Chelsea to the Premier League title in his debut season under Jose Mourinho, netting 20 goals in 26 Premier League appearances.
And two years later he played another crucial role in their triumph under Antonio Conte with a return of 20 goals in 35 games.
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