By Aramide Oladipo
Chelsea have still not reached an agreement with La Liga side Atletico Madrid over the sale of striker Diego Costa, according to a report.
Spanish publication Marca claims that the Spanish outfit had hoped to announce the 28-year-old as their new signing on the weekend but a deal has failed to materialise.
The newspaper reports that Atletico have tabled a “final” offer of £48.42million including another £8.8million in add-ons for the striker but the move is being delayed due to loyalty payments.
The report claims that the Premier League champions are unwilling to pay 5% of the transfer fee which would be owed to Costa and Atletico are refusing to cover the cost.
If the issue between the two clubs is resolved, Costa would become the most expensive player in Atletico’s history at £57.2million and he would re-join his former club in the January transfer window.
The Spain international has not featured for the West London club this season after publicly falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in the summer.
The striker currently has two years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Football Insider verdict
The Diego Costa situation should have been resolved during the summer transfer window. Both the player and the club deserve to face criticism for the way in which the matter has been handled because it has turned into an unnecessary saga. If the loyalty payments are the only remaining issue of a potential deal, one of the two clubs needs to swallow their pride and bite the bullet in order to reach an agreement. There are likely to be more rumblings as both teams are set to meet each other in the Champions League group stage which will give them even more time to discuss the transfer. The Blues appear to be coping well without last season’s talisman if the case drags on further, it’s likely to cause a huge distraction for Chelsea.
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