Atletico Madrid are reportedly hopeful of securing a deal worth up to £53m for Spain international striker Diego Costa,
The La Liga side, who are unbeaten in the Spanish top-flight so far this term, but have won just one of their opening three fixtures, have been continuously linked with re-signing the Chelsea outcast this summer.
The 28-year-old, who has 16 international caps for his country, has failed to feature for the defending Premier League champions this season after flying off to Brazil following a text message from boss Antonio Conte earlier this summer stating he was not part of his first-team plans.
Costa, who arrived at Stamford Bridge back in July 2014 following his reported £32m switch from Atletico, scored 22 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2016-17 campaign.
After being made surplus to requirements in London, the report suggests the La Liga outfit are poised to offer up to £53m for Costa’s services – a £40m bid, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment – and are determined to conclude transfer talks by the end of this week.
Overall, Costa has netted 58 times in 120 games for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup.