A ticket was reserved in Diego Costa‘s name for the JJ8084 flight which left Sao Paulo Guarulhos on Monday and which arrived in London Heathrow on Tuesday, however, the player did not board the plane.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa had a reservation on the flight JJ8084, operated by Latam Airlines, which came on Monday from Sao Paulo Guarulhos and arrived Tuesday at London Heathrow. The bill, though, was never issued, leaving the impression that there was a change of plans: Costa was aware that Chelsea demanded his return to the British capital and its return to the discipline of the club before negotiating a transfer, but the movements of recent days, driven by Jorge Mendes, his agent, they have advised delaying the trip.
Chelsea were expecting Costa to return to London and to train with the club’s reserves, but his agent Jorge Mendes has been working in recent days to force through a transfer to Atletico Madrid in January – when Los Rojiblancos can once again register players, following their transfer ban – and the hope is that when Costa does return to Europe that he will fly directly to the Spanish capital.
Want-away Chelsea star Diego Costa has missed a booked flight back to London, despite reports he was set to return to the Blues this week, according to Marca.
BREAKING: @SkySportsNews understands @Atleti have made a breakthrough in negotiations over @diegocosta's proposed move from @ChelseaFC #ssn pic.twitter.com/ajGZ5azBTZ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 13, 2017
But this isn’t the only mystery in Costa’s situation this week as he apparently did not show up in Madrid as he was expected yesterday (Tuesday), having missed his flight from Sao Paulo.
This has once again re-opened the rumor line about Costa having to return to London at some point, with the ever unreliable Cadena SER claiming that might happen on Thursday. But the Spanish Radio claims that, as before, said the return is simply to sort out the final details of the impending €50m transfer to Atleti (plus any outstanding fines Diego owes).
For the moment, though, Chelsea have not agreed to let Costa leave the club without first reporting back after his three-month summer holiday and they may yet send him another boarding pass, with London the destination. The waiting game goes on.
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