Atletico are eager to move the 31-year-old forward after seeing him struggle to find the spark during his second spell in the Spanish capital.

Atleti wants to sell Diego Costa

Atletico de Madrid offered Diego Costa to several clubs with teams in England, Italy, France, and Turkey, given a chance to catch the flaming forward. They are eager to move the 31-year-old forward after seeing him struggle to find the spark during his second period in the Spanish capital. Costa was a talismanic presence during his initial stint at Atlético. Assisting them until their domestic title triumph and the UEFA Champions League final. At that point, Costa was considered one of the most feared strikers in Europe. So in the summer of 2014, Diego was signed by Chelsea. Three successful years were spent in England before rejoining Atletico. But only 17 goals have been scored in another 83 appearances for Madrid.

The Spanish capital club are eager to avoid losing Costa for free

Diego Simeone gave the Brazilian-born star many opportunities, but the desired influence has come. With this in mind and an expiring contract to take into consideration, potential suitors are being sounded out. Atlético are keen to avoid losing Costa for free in 2021. So they prefer to find a buyer in the current transfer window. But Costa’s reputation and price tag have taken a big hit. His agent is working with Atlético to find a taker, but no legal interest has yet been found. That is despite clubs in the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1, with possible routes to Turkey and Brazil. There are other avenues to head down: with the US, Qatar, and China not being ruled out. Although clubs in Asia are now facing a high tax rate when it comes to getting signatures from abroad.

That could further complicate what has already turned out to be a drawn-out saga. The financial implications of Covid-19 mean that clubs around the world have less money to operate in the latest transfer market. As a result, asking prices are being reduced, while moving unwanted assets can be difficult. Atlético finds out that this is a difficult path. But Costa will leave Wanda Metropolitano if they can find a suitable destination. Simeone could keep the rugged forward if implanted into a corner, but the exit door is open.