Atlético Madrid to table bid for Chelsea’s Diego Costa despite transfer ban

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Atlético Madrid are preparing to table a first formal bid with Chelsea for Diego Costa in the hope they can re-sign the Spain striker ahead of his scheduled return for preseason training at Cobham at the start of next week.

Costa is technically due to report back to the Premier League champions on Monday despite the fact the manager, Antonio Conte, has made clear the forward is not in his plans for the campaign ahead. The Italian will be back at the club on Sunday, 24 hours before his squad reconvenes for standard medical checks, but he could yet be spared an awkward encounter with Costa should Atlético lodge an offer deemed acceptable for the player.

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