It’s not often you top score for a title-winning team and are then told you are surplus to requirements.
Then again, Diego Costa is no ordinary player.
The bullish 28-year-old has agreed to join former club Atletico Madrid for a third spell in the Spanish capital but can not be officially registered until January when Atleti’s transfer ban is lifted.
Chelsea are expected to receive approximately £57million in total but they could have recouped considerably more.
Marca are reporting that Everton offered the Blues £67million during the summer transfer window.
The Toffees are in desperate need of a proper centre-forward despite spending over £100m over the summer, including £5.2m on triggering Sandro Ramirez’s release clause.
However, the former Malaga forward is yet to impress Ronald Koeman fully while Wayne Rooney has been deployed in the deeper role he has occupied for the last few seasons.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks a great prospect but he’s still just 20-years-old.
Clearly Everton believed Costa would fit the bill perfectly, proven Premier League goalscorer that he is, however it is believed that the Spain international was adamant about a move back to La Liga.
Supposedly he refused to entertain any offers from any club that wasn’t Atletico Madrid.
While Chelsea missed out on a potential £10m, they probably would have preferred to sell to a foreign club anyway.
Judging from the start of the season, you have to say that Everton will be annoyed at missing out of their potential missing piece.