The prolific striker hasn’t played since abruptly leaving La Liga in December.
Goal can confirm that Diego Costa and Atletico Mineiro have orally agreed to a one-year contract worth around $3 million.
The midfielder, who left Atletico Madrid in December, is set to arrive in Belo Horizonte in the coming days for medical exams and to sign the contract, which is structured identically to the one Hulk received from Atletico Mineiro. The departures of Bueno, Gabriel, Diego Tardelli, and Marrony made Costa’s signing financially possible.
While the base contract is only worth $3 million, it is much less than what he had requested, there are potential bonuses connected to success in domestic and continental competitions that might enhance the amount.
Cuca, the head coach of Atletico Mineiro, was a strong supporter of the deal. Though director Rodrigo Caetano was in charge of negotiating with the athlete behind the scenes, he was in favor of the deal from the start and helped ensuring it got to the finish line. The striker is seen as a reinforcement for Brazil’s current top-flight leader, and he will join the team as soon as he registers with the CBF.