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Chelsea, Atlético expected to agree €60m Diego Costa deal on Tuesday

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The Diego Costa talk is once again picking up, with tabloid rumors (from The Sun and its ilk) over the weekend claiming that his locker has been cleared out, his car that was left at Cobham has been towed, and any remaining bits of his entourage and belongings have been moved from London to Madrid. There was also a story in the Telegraph about Costa actually finally returning to Chelsea, not so much to train, but to finally sort out any lingering issues blocking his long-awaited transfer to Atlético. That transfer was supposedly agreed for around £50m (€43+11m) in the final days of the transfer window, but nothing tangible actually seemed to happen after that round of rumors from Spain.

Now, after a brief dalliance into Turkish football rumor territory, we’re back on the Atlético beat, with Marca claiming that a €60m (!) deal is set to be agreed on Tuesday (that’s both base fee and add-ons, in some percentage configuration) and that it all “should be closed” before the end of the week. All that fits well within the timeline that Atlético have been working towards since the end of the transfer window, namely to have this all done and dusted before September ended. (And perhaps before the two teams meet on matchday 2 of this year’s Champions League group stage in a couple weeks.)

Of course, after nine months of fake news, starting with whatever may or may not have happened with China in January, it’s tough to believe any stories in the Diego Costa situation. But if Chelsea can eke out anywhere near €60m from this fiasco, we can be more than happy with its resolution — especially since Costa’s replacement is doing just fine as he begins his hopefully just as successful but a bit less controversial tenure as Chelsea’s leading striker.