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Atletico Madrid are pushing hard to sign Diego Costa ahead of the January transfer window.
The Spanish club were in talks with Chelsea all summer over the transfer of the striker but an agreement couldn’t be reached.
Chelsea wanted about £50m for the striker but Atletico thought that was a bit too expensive for. Again the Spanish giants were willing to take their time to complete a move, knowing fully well they can’t register the striker until January and apparently preferred to wait for a few months when they can pay a lesser figure.
According to the Express, Atletico are now working on finalising a deal with Chelsea and they have sent club officials to meet with Marina Granovskaia to thrash out a deal.
The report claims Costa has already agreed personal terms with Atletico and he is set to earn around £9.1m a year, which is approximately £175,000 at the Spanish club.
Despite the Spanish club willingness to pay Costa slightly higher than what he earns at Chelsea, they are only willing to pay around £32m to seal the deal.
A source close to the player has told the Express that he hopes the transfer is concluded in the coming days but it is unlikely that Chelsea will allow Atletico sign the striker easily.
The club spent around the same figure to sign him in 2014 and would be keen to make profit from the transfer, no matter how little it may be.
So I expect Chelsea to hold out for a little more. It is unlikely we would get the £50m we wanted in the summer because Costa will have just a year and a half left in his contract by January but I expect the club to ask for a little more than Atletico are reportedly willing to pay.