Diego Costa on Atletico Madrid’s radar after sale of Jackson Martinez

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Atletico Madrid have money to spend and they plan on using it to re-sign Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

After selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for £31 million, the Spanish club are keen to reinvest the money in Costa in the summer transfer window, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Costa played two seasons for Atletico before signing for Chelsea in 2014, scoring 36 goals in 52 games.


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He has fond memories of his time in Spain after winning the Copa del Rey in 2013 and lifting the La Liga title a year later, the same season Atletico reached the Champions League final.

Whether Chelsea will be willing to sell the Spaniard is another matter. Costa has three years left on his contract and was brilliant for the Blues last term.

However, Costa has struggled this season, scoring just 10 times in all competitions. With Chelsea set to appoint a new manager in the summer, the 27-year-old’s aggressive nature has the potential to alienate him from the new regime.

According to reports, the west London club are interested in appointing Manuel Pellegrini, a coach renowned for his non-confrontational style. It could be that the Chilean decides Costa’s provocative behaviour is more of a hindrance than a help.

China's growth

Martinez becomes the latest big-name player to move to China, following former Premier League players Ramires and Gervinho in signing for Chinese clubs.

Martinez joined Atletico just last summer but was flogged after scoring three goals in 22 appearances - a miserable return on his £24.8m fee from Porto.

The Colombian’s £31m move breaks the Asian transfer record. He will join former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho and former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho at Guangzhou.

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