Costa to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid - but won't play until January

Posted September 22, 2017

Chelsea have announced that a deal has been agreed to sell their striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid.

DIEGO COSTA is set to move to Atletico Madrid on loan with a £35million permanent deal to be agreed next summer.

Atletico said Chelsea gave the Spain worldwide permission to travel to Madrid in the coming days to take his medical and finalize the contract with his former club.

The striker has been involved in something of a stand-off with Chelsea since the summer, when he was told via text message by Conte that he was not in his plans. The agreement is pending the approval of the contract between our club and the Spain worldwide player.

But Atletico have confirmed now that the striker will travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and to thrash out a contract with his former side, though the latter is expected to be little more than a formality.

Here, Press Association Sport identifies the key numbers around the 28-year-old Spain international's three years at Stamford Bridge.

Having failed to push through the move before the transfer window deadline, Costa will not be able to play for Atletico until January due to the club's transfer ban.

And we're delighted that no one bothered to tell the new Atletico Madrid striker that the cameras were rolling in the Chelsea dressing room when he chose to knock out some very questionable dance moves.

Antoine Griezmann is looking forward to welcoming Diego Costa "home" to Atletico Madrid after seeing Chelsea sanction a sale.

So far, Diego Costa is still in Brazil despite being summoned by Chelsea.

Atletico can officially register Costa on January 1, when the Spanish transfer window re-opens and their Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban ends, but agreeing a deal means the focus can now turn to getting the 28-year-old back into peak physical condition in time for the new year.

Those two seasons also resulted in a league title for Chelsea (2014-15, 2016-17), so despite the problems he often posed, the man can really score and help a team win big.

Ronald Koeman's side beat Sunderland 3-0 to reach the last 16 and Conte believes the match will be a hard challenge despite the Toffees' poor Premier League form.