Diego Costa has played his last game for Chelsea. The striker is understood to have fallen out with manager Antonio Conte, and there is no way back for him at the club.
Chelsea reported back to work on Monday morning, 24 hours after Antonio Conte returned.
It was made clear to Diego Costa by the manager last month that he is not in the Italian’s plans for the new campaign, with the Spain forward having since indicated he will only countenance re-signing for Atlético.
The Spanish club’s initial offer, worth around £26m, falls well short of Chelsea’s valuation but talks are continuing aimed at striking a compromise. In the meantime, and with no chance of a change of heart from either party over the future, the club and Costa’s representatives have agreed the 28-year-old will be granted extra time off while the deal is concluded.
It is unclear when Costa would return, but Chelsea’s first-team squad fly to Beijing for a three-game tour of east Asia next Monday. It seems unlikely he would be considered for that trip to China and Singapore.
Diego Costa has not gone AWOL from training or refused to come back, but he and Chelsea felt it would be better for him to take more time while talks with Atletico are ongoing.
Should a deal with Atletico not be agreed this week, then Chelsea will have to decide whether or not to take Costa on their pre-season tour to China and Singapore. The squad depart next Monday.
Atletico cannot register players until January because of their transfer embargo, so Costa would have to train at the La Liga club without playing in official games until that point.