It means the Blues’ rebel striker is now under more pressure than ever to return to England and resolve the stand-off that is overshadowing the start to the season. The two clubs are keen to do a deal, even though they are miles apart on their valuations. Chelsea are asking for £50million, but Atletico are only ready to pay half that. The Spaniard has been AWOL for five weeks after a text row with boss Antonio Conte. And there has been little sign of a breakthrough in the whole tit-for-tat row. Costa, 29, has said he only wants to play for his former club in Spain now he has no future with the Premier League champions. But the summer-long saga is in limbo while the player refuses to bow to Chelsea’s demands to come back to England and resume training.
Diego Costa ordered by Atletico Madrid to make peace with Chelsea before they consider buying him for just £25m
The Sun | Aug 22