Diego Costa’s proposed move to Atletico Madrid has hit not one, but two stumbling blocks, according to the London Evening Standard.
As per the London Evening Standard, negotiations between Chelsea and Atletico intensified this week. It is reported that the deal could be worth £41M plus an additional £9M in add-ons, thus meeting Chelsea’s £50M asking price.
However, there appears to be a stumbling block which could scupper the move. The London Evening Standard report that Atletico are unable to register Costa until January and are unwilling to pay his wages in the months that he would not be available to feature.
A potential solution, according to the London Evening Standard, could be a loan move. As per the report, Everton, Marseille, AC Milan and AS Monaco would all be interested in securing Costa’s services on a temporary basis.
The London Evening Standard claim that Costa’s lack of fitness is likely to end any hopes of those sides loaning him in, however.
The clock is ticking, and this situation appears to be getting more and more complicated every hours that passes.