CHELSEA will not be able to offload Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid until january
That’s what the La Liga giants’ club president Enrique Cerezo has revealed amid speculation a deal for the hitman is close.
Cerezo said: “What I do understand is that Costa is a Chelsea player and until January, there is time to talk to his club and with anybody else.
“We will not do anything until January. If his family is moving [to Madrid] then I do not know.”
Cerezo’s admission comes in the wake of reports Atletico were nearing a £54m agreement for Costa.
The Spain international is free to leave Stamford Bridge after being informed he is not in Antonio Conte’s plans.
However, a potential return to his adopted homeland has been held up by the fact he’s spent the past few months in Brazil.
Costa has refused to head back to England to get fit while Chelsea look for a club that’ll take him on.
And Cerezo’s latest comments may mean he opts to stay in south America until the transfer window reopens.
The Evening Standard say claims that Atletico officials met with Chelsea this week are wide of the mark.
The newspaper indicate Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has been out of the country on separate business and therefore could not have held talks.
The two clubs face off in the Champions League in two weeks’ time though, which would allow negotiations to take place.
Costa has scored 59 goals in 120 appearances and won three trophies since joining Chelsea in 2014.
But his future always looked likely to be away from west London after he fell out with Conte in January.