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Diego Costa has acquired permission to barter a transfer to Atletico Madrid as an alternative of becoming a member of Chelsea for the beginning of pre-season coaching, stories Matt Regulation of the Telegraph.

Costa was absent on the membership’s Cobham coaching base Monday, in line with Sky Sports activities, and Regulation provides the 28-yr-previous has already bid his teammates farewell and defined he is set to return to Atletico.

The La Liga aspect has provided round £26 million for Costa’s signature, however Chelsea shouldn’t be prepared to promote for that determine, and negotiations will reportedly proceed by way of the week consequently.

Ought to a deal fail to materialize, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who advised Costa by way of textual content message that he would not be part of his plans for the upcoming season – might want to determine if Costa will journey with the membership subsequent Monday for its pre-season tour of China and Singapore.

For its half, Atletico has an embargo stopping a summer time switch, and as such, Costa might solely make his return to the membership in January 2018. Costa might make a short lived transfer to Besiktas earlier than becoming a member of Atletico at the moment, in accordance with Regulation.