ATLETICO MADRID have reportedly put Chelsea fan favourite Diego Costa up for sale, with Paris.
Mundo Deportivo claims the striker is set to leave Diego Simeone’s side for a second time after suspension ended his season early.
EPA1 Atletico Madrid have put Diego Costa up for sale, with PSG keen
Costa, 30, was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga authorities after verbally abusing the referee during the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona earlier this month.
Atletico chiefs were furious with Costa’s vile antics and revealed they would be punishing him internally.
That didn’t go down well with the fiery forward, who was expecting to be defended by his club.
Costa quickly refused to take part in training with his teammates.
But despite returning to the fold the next day, it appears Atleti have run out of patience.
It’s said that the club’s hierarchy have put Costa on the transfer list to end to his controversial actions.
And although Simeone would prefer to keep the ace at the Wanda Metropolitano, he respects Atletico’s decision and agrees the squad could benefit from having a calmer presence next season.
It’s not the first time Costa has fallen out of favour with the powers that be.
Having swapped Atletico for Chelsea in 2014, he was later unceremoniously axed by Antonio Conte after the 2017 Premier League title win due to his wild behaviour.
Blues fans were gutted to see him go, with replacement Alvaro Morata – ironically now at Atletico too – failing to deliver in Costa’s stead.
Chelsea are currently under a two-window transfer ban which they are trying to overturn.
And supporters would surely love to see Costa back at Stamford Bridge, with arch-enemy Conte gone.
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However, it’s believed Paris Saint-Germain are already leading the race for Costa’s signature.
Edinson Cavani has hinted he will be quitting the Parc des Princes this summer.
And Costa’s aggression could be just what Thomas Tuchel’s side need to progress in the Champions League after years of pain.