Diego Costa ‘reaches agreement to join Benfica after being released by Atletico Madrid … and ex-Chelsea forward signs two-year deal worth £ 5 million if he decides to close deals in France and Brazil to strike to return to Portugal ‘
- Diego Costa has been awarded a two-year £ 5 million deal to join Benfica in June
- He is currently without a club and has declined offers in Brazil and France
- Costa ‘has an agreement and will go to Benfica unless he changes his mind’
- The former Spain international previously played in Portugal for Braga in 2007
Diego Costa has reportedly reached an agreement with Benfica after bidding for a two-year deal worth £ 5 million for the former Chelsea striker.
Costa was released by mutual consent by Atletico Madrid in December and has been exploring his options for the past three months.
World sports report that he went back to his native Brazil to talk to some clubs there, but has decided he wants to stay in European football.
Diego Costa has looked at his options after he left Atletico Madrid in December
He flirts with a return to Portugal, where he played for Braga in 2007 (pictured right)
The 32-year-old would believe he still has a lot to offer in the top leagues, and he has also turned down an offer from Ligue 1 side Marseille to join them.
That leaves an exciting opportunity to return to Portugal, where he previously played for Braga before heading for his first stint at Atletico Madrid in 2007.
Benfica has reportedly offered him a £ 2.6 million season to play for them, and Costa has agreed in principle to the move.
His agent Jorge Mendes has a strong working relationship with the Portuguese side and the money on offer is impressive for a player who fell out of favor with Wanda Metropolitano last year.
Costa has made his mark in LaLiga, but is now without a club and has declined offers in France
He also went back to Brazil to talk to clubs, but is now determined to continue in Europe
As it stands, Costa will join Benfica in June, but he still leaves the door open for a better option and has yet to commit fully to the Portuguese giants.
Benfica would certainly be improved by the arrival of Costa, as they are currently third in the Primeira Liga and 13 points below Sporting Lisbon’s pace.
They are currently third, the last Champions League spot in Portugal, but Braga is breathing their neck in fourth place.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Costa has decided to hold off on confirming his next move – if Benfica drops out of the Champions League places, it will certainly be a less attractive option for him.