Atletico Madrid have made their ‘final’ offer for Chelsea’s Diego Costa, according to reports in Spanish press.
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 final bid in the region of £60m has been made by Atleti officials.
The Spanish club believe that Chelsea have ‘no choice’ but to except, according to Marca – who cite he failure to train or play a competitive match for edging on 200 days.