Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will be sold at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.
The Spaniard, who was sold by Chelsea for £53m, is currently suspended for the remainder of the campaign after abusing a referee.
His eight-match ban has proven to be the final straw for Atletico’s board who have grown tired of Costa’s bad behaviour.
Chelsea supporters on Twitter are very much split over whether Costa should be targeted by the Blues if their transfer ban is lifted:
Sold him at the right time.
— Shiersh Dubey (@shiersh_10) 26 April 2019
Would take him back in a heartbeat!
— BluesSA (@LUDA26191) 26 April 2019
To be fair, conte was right on that call.
— Jcfc 🏴🏴🏴 (@Jaycfc2) 26 April 2019
Please come back home
— Phil Weston (@Tonydezorzi33) 26 April 2019
100% needed back at chelsea…exactly the type of player we need at the club..aggression ,hunger,goalscorer …. swap with morata all day long
— munty80 (@munty1980) 26 April 2019
We were so lucky to sell at that rate, now Atletico Madrid is tired of his misconduct
— Asian Akparawa (@_Gordonski) 26 April 2019
Bring him back
— Daniel Martin (@Danyboy783) 26 April 2019
Naah i did like what he did for us but he is too much trouble
— Masel Ahmed Niloy (@NiloyOfficial) 26 April 2019
Go and get class act plays for the shirt
— mark davies (@markdav93080617) 26 April 2019
I genuinely miss him, the best striker we had since drogba
— ImThatGuy (@originalsivi_9) 26 April 2019
Costa’s record since his return to Spain isn’t particularly impressive, to say the least. The 30-year-old has scored just five goals this season, while he managed seven during the second half of last campaign for Atletico.
He was controversially sold by Chelsea after then manager Antonio Conte famously told the striker via text that he was deemed surplus to requirements at the London club. He spent six months in limbo before moving back to Spain in January 2018.