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Chelsea, Atlético reach agreement over Diego Costa — report

The agreement is reportedly for a fee of €45m plus bonuses

This one is from Onda Cero by way of Diario AS, so take it with a few grains of salt, but according to the radio program Radio Estadio, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Diego Costa.

Onda Cero is one of the leading radio stations in Spain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are immediately trustworthy. We may remember them from pushing the Thibaut Courtois-to-Real Madrid rumors for the better past of the last year, if not longer, too. But if this report is true — and big emphasis on IF — Chelsea (and Costa) can finally start moving forward from this silly drama that’s developed between.

Just yesterday Costa opened up about his situation with ESPN Brasil. He reiterated once again that a return to Chelsea isn’t a possibility and Atlético were the only team he was considering.

If, after all that, Chelsea were able to get €45m plus €10m in potential bonuses as the rumor is claiming, hats off to the negotiators and for standing their ground when it would’ve been easier to just cut Costa loose for chump change. That said, previous rumors were adamant that Atlético were not able to pay more than £26m (€30m), so let’s wait to celebrate until this becomes a bit more official.

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