Reports in England state Diego Costa could play in Saudi Arabia once he completes his £53million move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea.
The controversial forward is back in the Spanish capital, where he watched on TV as his former side drew 0-0 away to Roma.
But the Daily Mail are reporting that Costa could be shipped out to Saudi club Al Hilal on loan as he cannot play until January.
Costa landed in Madrid yesterday and, according to AS, has told Chelsea chiefs he will stay there until his switch is completed.
The move is said to be the Spanish international’s way of putting pressure on the Blues to hurry along a deal.
SunSport exclusively revealed last week the frozen out forward has moved his family back to Spain
Costa has been AWOL from Stamford Bridge since being told at the end of the last season that he is no longer wanted at the club.
The former Braga star has refused to come back and clean out his locker and told pals to keep his stuff.
Conte told Costa he was not in his plans during showdown talks in January, then told him again via text during the summer.
He has been linked with a loan move to Fenerbahce until Atletico’s transfer ban ends in January.
Costa joined Chelsea from the Spanish capital four years ago for £32million and has bagged 58 goals in 109 appearances.