But with Chelsea refusing to budge on their valuation and Costa growing increasingly frustrated, the Spanish club have finally returned with a new offer.
Over the last few hours, AS have rowed back a bit on their earlier strong reporting (by editing the already published story without notice) that the deal was finalized following the meeting between the two clubs’ representatives, but the hold-up appears to be largely due to Costa’s (unpaid?) fines to Chelsea.
Atletico do not have to sign Costa within this window, but the 28-year-old would have to join Diego Simeone’s side before the deadline in order to be allowed to go on loan to another club until January.
Either way, Chelsea look set to get real money out of Costa after all, and that’s not the worst outcome.
The striker’s desire to move increased over the summer when boss Antonio Conte texted him to say he was no longer in the Blues’ plans.
‘Am I pessimistic or optimistic regarding the arrival of Costa?
Atletico have until midnight on Friday to sign Costa because the Spanish transfer window closes a day later than the UK’s.
Atletico can sign the player but they cannot register him until January because of a transfer ban imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association this summer. Despite his volatile nature, the player is one of the last of a dying breed of centre forward with a no-holds barred attitude and an eye for goal and it is this combative nature which makes Costa a flawless fit for the Premier League.