They say in life you should never go back. For Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid may be the only option.
The Chelsea striker was told he was no longer part of the manager’s plans at the end of last season but neither the club nor player found a resolution.
Costa is currently on the books at Stamford Bridge and cannot move again until the January transfer window. Reports state that he’s been out partying in his country of birth, Brazil.
The 28-year-old made his name as one of the best striker’s in the world during the 2013-14 season when he scored 27 goals in 34 La Liga games for Atletico Madrid, helping Diego Simeone’s side to a shock title as well as reaching the Champions League final in the same season.
It was certainly a surprise when the news broke out that Antonio Conte didn’t want the striker. Costa has won the Premier League title in two of his three seasons with Chelsea, scoring an impressive 52 goals in 89 games.
Atleti couldn’t pull off a deal to bring the Spanish international back over the summer because they are currently serving a transfer ban. However, that ban is up in January, where many expect Costa to be reunited with his former manager.
With the 2018 World Cup at the end of the season then Costa simply has to leave Chelsea in January to give him a chance of being part of the Spanish national team that are very close to booking their place in next summer’s tournament in Russia.
Diego Costa could prove a great acquisition for the Madrid-based club. Atleti failed to strongly compete for the title last season and have not found the ideal partner for Antoine Griezmann up front. Costa would allow the French international to play off of him or back out on the left where he first made a name for himself.