Atletico Madrid have officially submitted a bid of €60m (£54m) to Chelsea for striker Diego Costa, according to reports.
The Brazilian born striker has failed to return to training since the summer break after desperately trying to force a move back to former club Atleti.
A fine for going AWOL, plus several warnings and a request from Atleti for him to return to Stamford Bridge has failed to work, with Costa’s current footballing future uncertain.
This comes after Costa was told by Italian coach Antonio Conte that he would not be needed for the coming season and that a move back to Atletico Madrid would be more likely.
Atletico are unable to sign players until January 2018 and whilst they attempted to buy him and then loan him out – that failed, leaving Costa in limbo until at least the New Year.
Now with the World Cup next summer and Costa’s desire to make the Spain squad – it has been reported that the former Rayo Vallecano man has failed to board a return flight back to London, where he was due to return to training.
Whilst, he has not boarded a plane from Sao Paulo in Brazil – it is understood a formal bid of £54m has been made by Atleti officials on Thursday lunchtime and those from the Spanish club are hopeful Chelsea will accept.