Blues launched a late move to bring outcasted Spanish international to Merseyside but the star rejected them rejoin Atletico Madrid
Ronald Koeman was desperate to bring in a frontman during the summer transfer window and the Dutchman was heavily linked with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Everton failed with a move for Diego Costa days before the transfer window closed
Ronald Koeman tried in vain to bring the controversial forward to Goodison Park
And Marca claim that The Toffees tabled an offer of £66.4million for the Spanish international, only for Koeman to be told the forward only had eyes for Atletico Madrid.
Despite Chelsea‘s keenness to offload the outcast, Costa refused to listen to any offer that was not from his old club.
That was despite the fact the La Liga giants currently have a transfer embargo placed on them until January.
The 28-year-old eventually got his wish this week as Atletico had a £57m offer accepted as he closes in on a return to the capital.
However, he will not be able to play for Diego Simeone’s side until January when the transfer ban is lifted.
Everton were among a number of clubs interested in Costa, with Serie A side AC Milan also failing in an attempt to coax him to Italy.
Diego Costa has finally sealed his return to Atletico Madrid
The striker made Koeman aware that he had no interest in going to Goodison
Diego Costa arrives at Madrid to complete his transfer to Atletico from Chelsea
Costa arrived in Madrid last week to finalise his move.
And he could be presented by his new employers against his old ones on Wednesday.
Chelsea travel to Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano for a Champions League group clash.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa ahead of Atletico move
Diego Costa was in the Spanish capital on Saturday to watch Atletico in action
He fell out spectacularly with Antonio Conte last season
But after refusing to return to London he has now got his wish to rejoin Atletico
Although they splashed out £150m in the summer, Everton failed to find an adequate replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Their struggles have led to boss Ronald Koeman turning to previously out-of-favour Oumar Niasse to lead the line.
And he repaid the faith shown in him by scoring both goals in te 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
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