Atletico Madrid reach Diego Costa agreement with Chelsea

Spain manager sends message to Diego Costa amid transfer speculation

A fee has not been confirmed by either club but the 28-year-old looks set to become Atletico's most expensive ever signing in a €60m deal which would include add-ons.

With the Spanish club having a transfer ban in place, Costa would not be able to play for the club until January 2018.

The Chelsea striker has not featured for the Blues this season following a summer in which he went on strike after being informed he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte.

The Spain worldwide has been in the middle of a transfer saga for much of the summer, with the striker refusing to return to the champions' Cobham training base this summer.

Costa has refused to return to Chelsea this season after accusing the Blues of treating him like a "criminal" and has been demanding they sell him to Atletico.

Sky sources indicate Atletico will pay more than £50m for the Spain global, who will now have a medical in Madrid and discuss personal terms.

On Thursday, BBC said that Chelsea had agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Costa, who cost Chelsea £32million, is expected to be unveiled as an Atletico player in the coming days.

The striker is likely to train with Atletico until he can get back on the playing field. The deal will be done when Chelsea faces Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, at Wanda Stadium next week.

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