Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is confident of completing a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa before the transfer window closes.
Even when the Premier League season was in full flow – Brazilian born Spanish international Costa was linked with a summer return to Atletico Madrid.
Whilst it is certain of both Costa and Atleti’s desire to re-unite – a move has been hard to materialise with the Spanish club’s transfer ban causing problems.
A six month loan move to Serie A side AC Milan had been mentioned but it is now understood that Costa is happy to train with the club and wait until January to make his debut.
And, that now looks likely as a deal worth £41m is said to have been agreed by all parties.
“He has a contract with another club so it’s naturally a complicated issue,” Cerezo told El Larguero radio show.
“We’re moving forward with confidence but until Chelsea agree to his transfer, then Costa will be a Chelsea player.
“On holiday it is normal to get a little fat but we must understand that Costa is a professional and he knows what shape he should be in.
“Am I optimistic on his arrival? I’m always optimistic.”
Having not returned to training with current club Chelsea, Costa has remained in Brazil with his family and been fined by the English side.
The 28-year-old scored 20 Premier League goals last season, but the arrival of former Juventus and Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata pushed his starting place to one side.
Costa is desperate to return to Atleti as he looks to be part of Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad next summer.