Diego Costa is in Madrid to complete his transfer to Atletico Madrid after Chelsea agreed a transfer fee for the sale of the 28-year-old striker with the Spanish club.
Mark Hughes, whose Stoke City team face Chelsea on Saturday, claims Costa will be a loss to the Premier League.
“Costa was brilliant at taking it up to the line and then stepping back, affecting opposition teams,” Hughes said.
“Maybe they don’t have that ability with the dark arts right on spec at the moment.
“I don’t know the whole circumstances, but from a football fans’ point of view I think he’s a loss to the Premier League.”