Atletico Madrid are very confident of resigning Diego Costa once their transfer ban is lifted in January 2018.
That is according to Spanish media outlet AS, who report that Diego Simeone’s side intend on spending big, with the Chelsea star their primary target.
The report also states that the club expects Antoine Griezmann to sign a new deal with the thought being that the Frenchman can operate in behind the prolific Spaniard.
Sevilla winger Vitolo will also be pursued by the club once the ban is lifted but for this summer, the club will have to ferociously fight to keep their current assets.
Costa has long been linked with a move away from Chelsea despite his impressive form – he scored 20 Premier League goals – recently saying that he would only leave West London to rejoin Atletico.
Diego Simeone is an avid fan of the aggressive striker with Costa playing a crucial role in the club’s La Liga title triumph in 2013/14.
Alongside former Barcelona favourite David Villa, Atletico had one of the finest striking partnerships in world football and it seems they intend on building something similar.
With the creativity of Griezmann in behind, Costa would certainly not be short of service and would be a far more viable option to lead the line than Fernando Torres or Kevin Gameiro – both forwards have flattered to deceive this season.
Should the Chelsea man wish to move in January, Antonio Conte would likely have to begin pursuing replacements in the summer.