Atletico Madrid are planning to launch a fresh bid for Diego Costa in the summer after selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Diego Costa decided to leave Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 for a fee worth £32million.
The 29-year-old Brazil-born Spain international has once again returned to form under new manager Guus Hiddink, after clashing with former boss Jose Mourinho several times before his sacking. But Spanish media now suggesting that Atletico boss Simeone is plotting to bring back Costa to Calderon.
A report from Marca claim, the La Liga side want to use the huge £32million they have received from selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to fund a potential move for the controversial striker. Many believe that Diego Simeone regards Costa as his central striker along with Griezmann and Carrasco operating down the flanks and often making a position switch.
It is also believed that Atletico’s are desperate to resign Costa, who had netted 35 goals in his final season under Diego Simeone, as the Argentine boss is looking for more firepower up front.
Whether Chelsea would agree to start any discussion is another matter, but the decision could largely depend on who replaces Guus Hiddink as the Blues’ next manager at the end of the season. Costa has long been linked with a return to Spain this term after struggling at Stamford Bridge.
The 27-year-old striker scored 20 goals in his first season in the top flight of English football but then struggled under Mourinho this season, scoring only four times in 20 games for Chelsea. But since Hiddink was appointed their manager, Costa has found his lethal form back with seven goals in 14 appearances.
Atletico Madrid were ready to offer Jackson Martinez to Chelsea in a desperate attempt to bring back Costa before the deadline day. However, Chelsea were not in a mood to start any discussion because Costa and Martinez both would not be eligible to feature in the Champions League if the swap happens, and this is the main reason it is unlikely to happen in this transfer window. But sources close to Atletico dressing room revealed earlier that Costa still speaks to his former teammates regularly and has a desire to return to the Spanish capital.
According to some Spanish media reports, Diego Costa first wants Diego Simeone to guarantee him that he will be there with Atletico Madrid next season despite Chelsea’s repeated offers, only then he will leave Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea striker has been highly linked with a potential return to the Vicente Calderon since earlier in the summer when Spanish publication Marca reported, the striker was not happy with London’s lifestyle. But Atletico eventually closed the door on their target after turning all the attention instead to Jackson Martinez, spending around £25.7m to sign the Colombian international from Porto.