Diego Costa "willing to take pay cut" to force shock exit from Chelsea - reports

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Shock reports emerging from Spain today suggest that Diego Costa is looking to leave Chelsea and return to Spain. The Brazilian born striker is reportedly keen on a return to former club Atletico Madrid.

Sparkling form

Costa has been in terrific form for Chelsea all season. The Spanish international scored 20 Premier League goals in his maiden campaign for the Blues, firing them to the title. His goals have carried Chelsea at times this season and he is invaluable to Jose Mourinho's side.

Marca are claiming that Costa has failed to settle in England with the weather and lifestyle not suiting him. He is apparently so desperate to return to his former employers, that he is "willing to take a pay cut" in order to do so.

Swap deal on the cards?

With Costa under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2019, Chelsea surely won't entertain the idea of selling their top goalscorer. But with Mourinho keen on signing Athletico duo Antoine Griezmann and Koke, could he be tempted into using Costa as a make-weight in any deal to sign the pair?

One player who looks certain to swap Stamford Bridge for the Vicente Calderon is Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis. The 29 year old only made 13 league appearances for Chelsea so a move back to Madrid is very much on the cards. Could Diego Costa follow him? Could any deal include Griezmann and Koke going the other way?

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