Atletico Madrid confirm Diego Costa is their ‘top summer target’

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 8:57

Diego Costa: Linked with Atleti return

Diego Costa: Linked with Atleti return

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is their top summer target and will “try everything possible” to sign him.

Atletico are in the market for a forward and have money to spend after Colombia international Jackson Martinez was sold to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for around £32m on Wednesday.

Costa is reported to ‘open minded’ about the idea of returning to the Vicente Calderon, where he won La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup titles in a four-year stint before moving to Stamford Bridge.

And now Atleti club president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the Madrid side have their sights firmly set on bringing Costa back to the club.

“We will try everything possible and see what Chelsea say, but it doesn’t depend solely on us,” Cerezo told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

“We always try to bring the best players and Diego is one of them.”

Martinez’s departure came as a relief to Atletico as they made a profit on the £26.9m they paid Porto for the misfiring striker just six months ago.

The 29-year-old scored just three times in 22 appearances for Los Rojiblancos and made just one start in La Liga since November.

“It was a magnificent deal for the three parties,” Cerezo added. “Very good for the club that have bought him, magnificent for us and also for the player.”

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    Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is their top summer target and will “try everything possible” to sign him.

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    the answer is simple give us £75 million and he is yours or else shut up. Spanish teams has a history of unsettling a player first when they want. i think we should be more resilient enough to resist their tactics. anything less than £50 million for Costa is not good enough. we should slap him with a very high fee price tag to scare them. because we are not under pressure to sell him and he has 3 more years in his contract. whoever wants him should meet our valuation of the player simple as that.



    his an above average okay striker but not world class so if Chelsea can get a decent amount of tosh for him let him go not forgetting his regular unpleasant antics on the field want be missed.



    he can go – I want miss him – not the type I look up to



    I have seen nothing from the player himself to say that he is actually unsettled and wants to leave. Based on games under Hiddink I would argue that the opposite seems nearer the truth

    I am a fan of Costa when he focusses on his game, stays in the middle of the box and avoids the agro with the defenders so would be more than happy to see him stay

    Its easy to say let him go but how many top quality strikers are out there that we can afford and will want to come when there is no CL football…?

    I would suggest that nothing is likely to happen until our new manager is in place and I would argue it will cost more than they got for Martinez to even consider such a deal. KTBFFH



    1905- We have a lot of choices available if he goes-there will always be at least one top striker that would come even if there is no CL football-look at all the top players that will be going to China- money rules- plus as back-ups we have Bamford, Solanke, Abrahahms just to mention a few top quality youngsters. Cant keep making excuses to not play them. Remy and Falcoa will also be gone thankfully.


    nine nine nine

    Costa on his day is almost unplayable but his days have been confined to the first half of last season and the games under Guus bar perhaps the Watford game.

    Putting aside Costa’s dips in form and the reasons, he walks a tightrope on suspensions and possible sending off’s is a tad injury prone, 28 next birthday and I’m not convinced that he has ever really settled in London.

    Athletico can say what they want but to get Costa they would have to give us all our money back possibly plus some and even then it will be down to the new Manager additionally of course it will be very expensive to bring in a 20 plus goals a season striker and very difficult to get the right one.

    I suspect that this one won’t go away until the new Manager gets his feet under the table.



    BlueOwner – I will guarantee you here and now that none of the Chelsea kids you mention will be considered as the no.1 or even no.2 striker for Chelsea next season as they simply are not ready yet

    Quality strikers are few and far between which is why they are so expensive so my view is that we will look to keep Costa and then look to buy a no.2 striker

    However, I was also advised on a different thread that at least one of the Italians in line to be next manager favours 4-4-2 so in that case we will require at least 4 strikers on our books. KTBFFH



    Athletico president confirms Costa interest and his club ‘will move hell and high water to get him in the summer…’.Hang on a sec!,what happened to ‘good manners and proper football protocol’ that club officials don’t publicly talk about another club’s player when said player is still in contract?.What’s so different about Athletico that they can blatantly come straight out with it and make no secret of their intentions while Chelsea have to adhere to the protocol if they have designs on a player from another club who is still in contract?.I’m still somewhat ambivalent to whether Costa goes or stays…a very good player when he stays focused to his tasks but conversely who can be a liability to the team when he easily gets side-tracked into petulance and can be wound up by the opposition…but,that’s besides the point I’m trying to make.Had it been Hiddinck on radio or tv openly expressing transfer interests on another club’s player there would’ve been public outcries of ‘blatant Chelsea tapping up’ and ‘typical Chelsea bad manners’ etc.!



    It’s ok…we’ll have Griezman in return.

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