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Chelsea excuse Diego Costa’s pre-season absence, effectively sealing his fate

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As reported by both the Telegraph and the Evening Standard (and then others as well), Diego Costa’s absence at the start of pre-season today (Monday) has been excused by the club. While it’s not clear how long the absence will go on, it’s likely to be a permanent one with Costa given the time off specifically so that the details of his transfer back to Atlético Madrid can be figured out.

This development meshes with reports of Costa not being anywhere near a London-bound airplane this weekend and reports from last week, which claimed that he had started saying his goodbyes to his soon-to-be former Chelsea teammates.

As reported by AS earlier, Costa has basically agreed personal terms with Atlético already — which thus probably does not involve a short-term loan move until January — but the two teams were rather far apart on the fee at last check. Atléti’s latest offer is in the €30m range, roughly half of Chelsea’s asking price, but that’s probably the best we can do in this case.

Let’s just get this done, shall we?