Diego Costa a target for Atletico Madrid, club president confirms

Atletico Madrid's Brazilian-born forward Diego da Silva Costa (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Image: Diego Costa (left) has been linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa's future at Chelsea looks uncertain after his former club Atletico Madrid confirmed the Spain striker was their primary summer transfer target.

Atletico are in the market for a forward and have money to spend after Colombia international Jackson Martinez was sold to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for around £32m on Wednesday.

Costa is reported to have discussed the idea of returning to the Vicente Calderon, where he won La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup titles in a four-year stint before moving to Stamford Bridge.

And now Atleti club president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the Madrid side have their sights firmly set on bringing Costa back to the club.

"We will try everything possible and see what Chelsea say, but it doesn't depend solely on us," Cerezo told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"We always try to bring the best players and Diego is one of them."

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard and Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) wait to restart the game
Image: Costa and Chelsea have endured a difficult season so far

Martinez's departure came as a relief to Atletico as they made a profit on the £26.9m they paid Porto for the misfiring striker just six months ago.

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The 29-year-old scored just three times in 22 appearances for Los Rojiblancos and made just one start in La Liga since November.

"It was a magnificent deal for the three parties," Cerezo added. "Very good for the club that have bought him, magnificent for us and also for the player."

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