Chelsea striker Diego Costa has told the club that he wants to leave this summer, according to various reports.
Even when the Premier League season was in full flow – Brazilian born Spanish international Costa was linked with a summer return to Atletico Madrid.
And, with the move struggling to take off the ground due to the Spanish club’s transfer ban, talks of a proposed six month loan deal with AC Milan have surfaced.
Talks are said to be at an early stage with the Italian giants, and whilst Costa is away from Stamford Bridge enjoying an extended summer break – no deal is close.
Therefore, the former Atleti player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have decided to formally hand Chelsea a transfer request.
His legal representative, Ricardo Cardoso, said that “we [along with Jorge Mendes, his agent] want to move Diego Costa, we want to tell Chelsea.
“At the moment I don’t want to consider other teams other than Atletico Madrid for his future.”
The 28-year-old scored 20 Premier League goals last season, but the arrival of former Juventus and Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata has pushed his starting place to one side.
Costa is desperate for first team football as he looks to be part of Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad.
Source: La Liga News