Chelsea striker Diego Costa had been heavily linked with a return to his former side Atletico Madrid this summer and Los Colchoneros‘ head coach Diego Pablo Simeone has confirmed their interest in the 27-year-old.
Kevin Gameiro joined Atletico Madrid from Sevilla on a £28m move plus add-ons and Simeone admitted Spanish TV channel Movistar+: “He was our second choice,”
“We were always very clear with Gameiro, always. When I spoke to him over the phone…Yes, the club worked on the possibility that Diego Costa would come back, but then those possibilities didn’t progress.”
“I told him that we’d sought the position of being able to count on Costa but that out of the alternatives I’d given the club, I bet on him entirely and that we wanted him to be the forward to join us this season.”