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Ex-Chelsea, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in Benfica talks

Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is being lined up for a return to Benfica.

The 32-year-old Spain international has been a free agent since Atletico Madrid granted his request to terminate his contract early at the end of December.

And he could return to football in Portugal with Benfica reportedly making contact with Costa and tabling an offer to sign him.

Goal reports Benfica want Costa for two years, which means he stands to earn about £5m in wages in that time. He will also receive a transfer bonus of around £2.6m.

Costa, who played for Chelsea between 2014 and 2017, was linked with a return to the Premier League during the January transfer window with Manchester City, West Ham and Tottenham among those reportedly interested.

But a move didn't come about and Costa has since been linked with a return to his homeland of Brazil with either Sao Paulo or Palmeiras.


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