The prolific striker has not played since December last year when he abruptly left La Liga
Diego Costa and Atletico Mineiro have verbally agreed on a one-year contract worth approximately $ 3 million, Purpose can confirm.
The player, who left Atletico Madrid in December last year, is expected to undergo medical examinations in Belo Horizonte in the coming days and sign the deal, which is similar to the one Atletico Mineiro gave to Hulk.
Costa’s signing was made financially possible by the departure of Bueno, Gabriel, Diego Tardelli and Marrony.
What is the contract given to Costa?
Although the base deal is worth $ 3 million – significantly less than he initially asked for – there are potential bonuses related to progress in local and continental competitions that could increase the final total.
Atletico Mineiro coach Cuca was a big supporter of the deal. He was in favor of signing from the start of the negotiations and helping to ensure it gets to the finish line, although director Rodrigo Caetano was responsible for the negotiations with the athlete behind the scenes.
The striker is seen as a reinforcement for the current leader of Brazil’s top flight, and he will be available for the team once he has registered with the CBF.
What happened to the player at Atletico Madrid?
Costa has not played in December since last year his Atletico Madrid contract was terminated six months too early.
The 32-year-old gave personal reasons why he wanted to leave Wanda Metropolitano after being relieved of the training, and also made it clear that he did not intend to sign an extension.
He interest received from Benfica earlier in 2021, but an agreement was never reached.
Costa’s recent record for goal kicks
The forward has struggled to find the net since returning to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, having scored just 12 times in La Liga over the past four campaigns after scoring 20 times in his last Premier League season.
Atletico Mineiro now bet that time away from football will clear his head and rejuvenate his body.