Signing Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla late on in the transfer window, Atlético Madrid managed to reinforce their frontline, even if the Frenchman was never their first choice.
Acknowledged by the player himself, the Spanish club’s interest in bringing back Diego Costa to the Caldéron was very real, but Chelsea’s reluctance to see one of their star players go as a new manager came in put an end to that.
A lot has been made of this since the end of the transfer window, especially with the Spaniard in fine form going into the international break, and the topic came up once again at a presentation for a new LED floodlight system at Atlético Madrid’s future stadium, La Peineta.
Touching on all current subjects, the club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, also talked about the possibility of bringing their former star back from Chelsea, but he wasn’t very confident.
He said, relayed by AS: “Diego Costa has a contract with Chelsea, and I don’t think they’re crazy enough to let him leave.”
Simple words, but very revealing ones, which make perfect sense considering the London club’s main striker is currently the Premier League top scorer as Chelsea slowly try to find form.
With a contract running at Stamford Bridge until 2019, it would also take a hell of a fee to convince Roman Abramovich to sell Costa, and while Atlético Madrid aren’t exactly poor, they also aren’t known for blowing large amounts of money just because they can.