Deportivo La Coruna are in talks with Atletico Madrid over the possibility of loaning Diego Costa until January, according to Spanish outlet La Voz de Galicia.
The Chelsea striker wants a move away from Stamford Bridge with his former Atleti side thought to be the preferred destination, but they cannot register new player until 2018 due to a FIFA transfer ban.
But Deportivo are
now ready to take Costa on a six-month loan before he moves back to Atletico Madrid to get around the restrictions.
Chelsea on Monday made four demands of the player if he is to restore relations that have been badly soured even before last weekend’s interview where he accused the Blues of treating him like a criminal. The first is straightforward, that he should return to the club. The second is that he should report for training, the third that he get match fit and the fourth, and most surprising, that he put himself into contention for first-team selection.
The 28-year-old has been in dispute with Chelsea’s coach, Antonio Conte, since the turn of the year when the Brazilian-born Spain international was upbraided for a row with the fitness coach Julio Tous. After a disappointing second half to last season, Conte told the player he was surplus to requirements by text message, the contents of which Costa then made public.
Costa is believed to have been absent without leave from Chelsea since the club flew to China for a pre-season tour in the middle of July. The club have
refused to discuss the nature of any disciplinary proceedings against the player, but Costa claimed in his interview with the Daily Mail that he has had his wages docked since that time.