With Paris St Germain under investigation by UEFA over the signing of 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, Atletico Madrid face an anxious wait to find out if they are to suffer the same fate over the deal which brought Diego Costa back to the Spanish capital.
The Times reports that the deal involves a six-month loan deal with Chelsea with the move becoming permanent next summer. It mirrors the deal PSG struck for the same reasons; La Liga’s own FFP regulations cast their shadow as club spending on transfers soars to spectacular levels.
Atletico held onto their prime assets last summer with Saúl Ñíguez, 22, and Antoine Griezmann, 26, declaring their devotion to the Spanish club, despite a great deal of attention from Premier League clubs.
The only sizeable fee they recovered arrived when 19-year-old Theo Hernandez left for city rivals Real Madrid for €30m.
Next summer, it’s expected that Manchester United and Chelsea will both intensify their efforts to sign the French international. Ñíguez is one Europe’s highly sought-after midfielders with a host of the elite clubs looking to add him to their squads.
It’s believed Atletico will need to sell one of them but with Costa’s return, Griezmann seems to be the most dispensable player from Diego Simeone’s squad. Los Rojiblancos will be hoping he has an outstanding World Cup to push his value through the €100m barrier.
If not, Costa could prove to be the most expensive signing in the club’s history.