Chelsea have confirmed reaching £53m agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of want-away striker Diego Costa.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Costa, who cost Chelsea £32million, is expected to be unveiled as an Atletico player in the coming days.
The long-running saga looks to finally be coming to an end after Chelsea confirmed the impending switch on Thursday.
Costa, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Atleti in 2014, has been outcast by Blues boss Antonio Conte since the summer.
A Chelsea statement read: ‘Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.
‘The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.’
In a twist of fate, Chelsea and Atletico are due to meet in a Champions League meeting on Wednesday.
While Costa will not be able to feature for his new club until January, having been signed outside of a transfer window and with Atletico banned from registering new players until January, he could potentially be shown off to fans inside the Wanda Metropolitano on the day the two clubs come together.
An Atletico statement read: ‘Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa.
‘The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.
‘The English club has authorised Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and settle his contract with our club.’
The striker has been involved in something of a stand-off with Chelsea since the summer, when he was told via text message by Conte that he was not in his plans.
Costa at first refused to return to training at Cobham, opting to remain in his native Brazil.
He accused Chelsea of treating him ‘like a criminal’ and refused to rule out legal action.