Chelsea striker Diego Costa is in a race against time, and at the moment the 28-year-old hasn’t yet been sold to Atletico Madrid. Costa also needs to find a loan club today if he must make the move away from Stamford Bridge today.
The Spanish transfer window rounds up at midnight today and the Premier League window has already been shut.
For his club and country teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, the Chelsea vice-captain has chosen to stand in the middle and hopes Costa and Chelsea are able to reach an agreement.
I can’t say a great deal [about Costa] other than that he is my teammate at club and international level and at the moment he is not with us in either of the two squads,” he told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I hope the situation can be resolved.
“It’s an issue between the club and the player and, no, I’ve not acted as intermediary. It’s something they need to sort out between themselves and let’s see what happens after the market has closed.
“Certainly [Spain coach Julen] Lopetegui would have been glad to have had him here, but he’s not been training for ages.”