Diego Costa and Vitolo officially join AtletiDecember 31, 2017
Atletico Madrid have finally unveiled Diego Costa and Vitolo, after their transfer ban ended, according to Sky Sports.
The deal to take the Spaniard back to Atleti from Chelsea was signed and sealed in September, in which the La Liga outfit paid £57 million for his services, but they were not allowed to register any new players.
Their suspension, which came after they were caught illegally signing minors, also prevented Vitolo moving from Sevilla, having agreed a deal in July for £35.5 million.
Both players have been restricted to the training ground, but could make their debuts against Llediu Esportiu in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Atleti need goals
Despite being second in the Spanish top flight, Atletico are in need of their former striker’s abilities, as they sit nine points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.
Costa led Atleti to their first La Liga title in 18 years in his previous spell at the club, before leaving for England that summer in 2014.
He scored 20 goals in his debut season in the Premier League to lift the trophy, before finishing with the same figures to win back the title last year.
While his arrival will boost Atletico’s strike options, especially with the Wanda Metropolitano side only netting 25 times in La Liga so far this season, the same amount as 14th-placed Real Betis, it could spell the end for another of the club’s stars.
Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move away from Atleti for the past few transfer windows, but the signing of Costa has been touted as a replacement for the Frenchman, rather than competition for a starting place