The deconstruction of Atlético Madrid's title-winning side has well and truly begun, and unfortunately for Los Colchoneros, more exits from the Vincente Calderón look likely to be in the pipeline.
Diego Costa's move to Chelsea was held up by the World Cup, but it has since been confirmed that the 25-year-old Spanish international striker has agreed a transfer to Stamford Bridge in a £32 million deal. Atlético have made a tidy profit on their £1.32 million investment in 2007, but replacing his 32 goals from lasts season will be an extremely hard task for Diego Simeone.
Tiago to join Costa?
Another Atlético player who could well be heading to link up with Jose Mourinho is Tiago Mendes. Tiago - likely to move on a free transfer - featured heavily for the first team last season, despite being out of contract in the summer.
The 33-year-old spent a single season at Chelsea between 2004/05 after being signed by Mourinho and is reportedly set to re-join on a two-year deal.
Filipe Luis saga
Costa and Tiago could, remarkably, be joined at Chelsea by a third signing, with many media outlets reporting that Filipe Luis is attempting to force a move away from Atlético.
The 28-year-old's chances of a move have been boosted by the signing of Guilherme Siqueira from Benfica. With Luke Shaw joining Manchester United, Chelsea are still searching for a first-choice left-back to succeed Ashley Cole, with Luis a viable option. With the offer of an extended contract rejected, it seems likely that the Brazilian international will be on the move.
Miranda on the move?
Finally, Miranda looks to also be heading for the exit, after discussing multiple deals from around Europe.
"My agent is in Europe to decide my future, my buy-out fee at Atletico Madrid is €30million, but that can be negotiated," he was quoted by Sky Sports last month.
If Atlético manage to get €30 million for the former São Paulo player they should not refuse, although it is highly unlikely anyone will be prepared to offer so much given that he is now entering his 30s.
One major piece of good news for Atlético is Koke's decision to renew his contract until 2019. He was followed by Juanfran, who has signed a contract through to 2018.
With David Villa and Thibaut Courtois also exiting the Vincente Calderón, the deals will come as as a relief for Simeone.
The Argentinian can also call upon returning loanees Joshua Guilavogui, Saúl Ñiguez, Óliver Torres and Léo Baptista, whilst Ángel Correa could prove to be a massive hit with the Atlético supporters if he is able to overcome heart issues.
All change at Atlético, but any hope of retaining the core of last season's team have well and truly evaporated.
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