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Earlier Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro have verbally agreed to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.
According to Target, the player who left Atletico Madrid in December 2020, is expected to undergo medical examinations in Belo Horizonte in the coming days and sign the deal, which is structured similarly to Atletico Mineiro’s to Hulk.
Costa’s signing was made financially possible by the departures of Bueno, Gabriel, Diego Tardelli and Marrony.
Costa – born in Brazil but representing Spain at national level – hadn’t played since December last year, when his contract with Atlético Madrid was terminated six months earlier.
The 32-year-old cited personal reasons for wanting to leave Wanda Metropolitano after he was released from training, and had also made it clear that he had no intention of signing an extension.
He received interest from Benfica earlier in 2021, but a deal never materialized.