Diego Costa FINALLY returns to football as ex-Chelsea star 'verbally agrees £40k-a-week Atletico Mineiro transfer'

FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly set to sign a £40,000-a-week deal with Atletico Mineiro.

The Spanish striker has been without a club since leaving Atletico Madrid in December.


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It came as a shock to many, with Costa still having six months remaining on his contract.

But the 32 year old cited 'personal reasons' for getting a termination with the Spaniards.

Now, according to Goal, Costa has 'verbally agreed a one-year deal' with the Brazilian side.

He is expected to fly into Brazil 'in the next few days' where he will have a medical and agree the move.

His £40,000-a-week salary is less than he originally asked for, but there will be bonus payments that could see that topped up.

Atletico are top of the league as it stands, two points clear of second-placed Palmeiras.

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According to reports, Turkish side Besiktas offered Costa a contract last month.

Sports journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that Costa was offered a TWO-YEAR deal worth around £50,000 per week.

But those talks appear to have stalled, and Atletico Mineiro have made their move.

Atletico Madrid confirmed the decision to rip up his contract in December and release him – the third time he has departed the club during his career.

He rejoined them in 2018 from Chelsea and managed 19 goals in 81 games in his latest spell.

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He left with an overall record of 83 goals in 215 appearances for the Spanish side, winning LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and Europa League.

Costa had fallen behind Luis Suarez and loanee Moussa Dembele in the pecking order.

Dembele has since returned to Lyon.

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