Sale of striker is the kind of deal that would have made Rodney and Del Boy proud
Given his recent approach to fitness, it is no surprise the Spanish striker with a penchant for a party, patatas bravas and a pot belly would command such a hefty fee.
Diego Costa will leave Chelsea with 59 goals, two Premier League titles – and £35million profit
The striker, pictured at a Brazilian airport on his way to Spain, will return to Atletico Madrid in January
Costa is finally on his way to Atletico Madrid in a deal which could rise to a staggering £67million as long as he can pass the medical, of course.
Atletico could easily recoup the money they have spent by selling tickets for that alone after Costa’s long, lazy summer spent in Brazil.
But he has finally got the move he wants and Chelsea have got the money they want.
Costa’s a winner and manager Antonio Conte is a winner.
The only losers are Atletico Madrid who have paid way over the odds for a fat lad who hasn’t kicked a ball since May –
– they have been sold a proverbial pup that would make Del Boy proud.
It’s as if Costa and Conte cooked it all up between themselves in a scam straight out of Nelson Mandela House.
Diego Costa jokingly tells Michy Batshuayi to ‘f*** off’ as Chelsea celebrate
Chelsea ace Diego Costa parties in Atletico shirt – and mocks Antonio Conte
Costa was a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge but came with a huge amount of baggage
He was a constant thorn in the side of opponents
Brazilian-born Costa, 28, needs to ‘agree’ personal terms yet of course, but any fool knows that was done on a nod and a wink weeks ago.
Just a couple of weeks before his birthday on October 7, Costa will sign a contract for the next four years which will see him right for the rest of his career.
Chelsea, who bought him for £32m in July 2014, have more than doubled their money on a player they didn’t want any more anyway.
And in the click of an electronic bank transfer have pocketed a fortune to pull off a stunning deal to cap a superb summer in the transfer market.
Just a couple of months ago, Conte had no striker worthy to lead his frontline.
Costa always seemed to want to return to Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone
Chelsea have pulled off another piece of great business – a deal that would make Rodney and Del Boy proud
He complained that his squad needed to be bigger to cope with the demands of Premier League and European football.
Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected the chance to join his champions who had lost the opening game of their title defence and had two players sent off.
Now it’s five wins and a draw from six and a squad humming along nicely while owner Roman Abramovich trousers his latest fortune from flogging a dud.
It happened last January, too, when Brazilian midfielder Oscar, nought for £25m in 2012, became surplus to requirements.
Along came Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG with money to burn and £60m later Chelsea are waving him off and still nobody’s even noticed he has gone.
Defender David Luiz signed for Chelsea first time around for £21m.
Diego Costa does a sexy dance in dressing room with member of Chelsea backroom staff
Costa’s relationship with Antonio Conte soured over the course of the season and the striker had to go
The striker also fell out with previous Blues boss Jose Mourinho
He was flogged to Paris Saint-Germain for almost double that two years later and then re-signed last year for £32m.
Atletico Madrid are investing a record amount of money on a promise that Costa will stick to the straight and narrow for the next three months until the club’s transfer ban is lifted and he can play for them.
This is the bloke who is currently having the full-blown nightclub in the conservatory of his Surrey mansion dismantled and shipped to Spain.
The player who admitted returning overweight from his summer holiday in 2015 and never quite got up to speed again.
The fiery Latin who tried to take on Conte via text in June in a dispute over close-season diet plans and saw his career in England brought to an abrupt end.
Costa was the Premier League’s chief wind-up merchant in his three years
Costa was hated by rival fans and loved by followers of the Blues
Don’t forget though that while Chelsea may consider themselves the biggest beneficiaries in this whole saga, they will miss his goals and his abrasive personality so effective in winding up opponents.
He scored 22 goals in all-competitions last season, finishing as the top scorer and playing a huge role in winning the title.
Two years before that an even 20 to see Chelsea over the line as champions of England.
The Premier League will be a more boring place without the striker in it
As much as the team will miss his input, English football is going to be a much less colourful place without the brooding star.
Not to mention his stand-up row with ex-boss Jose Mourinho on the pitch in a Champions League match in Israel, the ruck with a fitness coach at the Chelsea training ground at New Year, threatening journalists with a fire extinguisher and showing a heartwarming affection for kids wherever he went.
But business is business and there’s only one word Conte is thinking right now after finally trousering nearly seventy million quid: Cushty.
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