Diego Costa has one foot out the door at Stamford Bridge, and it looks like Turkey could be his — albeit temporary — destination.
According to Turkish media via Sport Witness, Fenerbahce want to bring in the Chelsea outcast before the end of the Turkish transfer window on Friday.
Talk, as of now, is of a loan deal for either six or 12 months with the Turkish club paying the bulk of the Spain striker’s wages. He will reportedly land in Istanbul later today (Thursday) to complete a medical with the club.
If true — we have our doubts, considering the player and clubs involved — this seems like a resolution that will interest every party. Costa gets to play football in an effort to squeeze his way back into Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad. Chelsea get help with wages and get Costa out of London, and Atlético Madrid can steal in in January when the window reopens and they can sign and register players, most likely with the funds to complete a deal.
Atlético, if they do land him following this rumored arrangement, will get a fitter Costa than one who would have been wasting away in Chelsea’s reserves until Christmas. It would also give reason as to why Chelsea didn’t register the player for the Champions League so they can sell or loan him to a UCL club either now or in January. Either way, this is a pivotal 24 hours.