Atletico Madrid have reportedly made a breakthrough in talks with Chelsea over the signing of striker Diego Costa in the winter transfer window.

The Spaniard’s standoff with the London club continues with the player and his representative Jorge Mendes demanding Chelsea agree a deal with Atletico Madrid for his Spanish return.

A deal was not agreed during the summer transfer window but neither clubs were in a rush to agree a deal anyway, with Atletico unable to register Costa until January with their transfer ban.

That has meant that the player is still in the dark about his future and was due to return to Chelsea on Tuesday to train with the reserve side.

Though, there have been reports from Sky Sports News this afternoon that suggest a breakthrough has been made and a deal could be nearing completion.

Costa’s Chelsea nightmare could soon be over but there is no doubt some hurdles remaining if the player is to move during the winter window.

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