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Atletico Madrid intent on signing Diego Costa despite transfer ban

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Atletico Madrid are preparing to table a first formal bid with Chelsea for forward Diego Costa despite a transfer ban that has been upheld against them.

The Madrid club is aiming to re-sign the Spanish international ahead of his scheduled return for pre-season training with the Blues at Cobham at the start of next week.

Although Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made clear the forward is not included in his plans for the Blues going forward, Costa is still technically due to report back to the Premier League champions for their pre-season session next Monday.

The relationship between manager and player had been clearly fractured as Conte texted the Spain international to make clear he had no future at Stamford Bridge, with Costa duly making that message public, effectively weakening Chelsea’s bargaining position over the player.

Conte will also be returning to the club on Sunday, 24 hours before his squad reconvenes for standard medical checks, but he could yet be spared an awkward encounter with Costa should Atletico lodge an offer deemed acceptable for the player.

Chelsea also remains staunch on their position that they will not be forced into accepting a deal they deem dissatisfying, and will only excuse Costa’s absence on Monday if a deal has either been concluded or nearing completion.

Although there were rumours surfacing mid-week that Costa could already be on his way to Spain, no fee has been agreed upon by both clubs and the move could also potentially be complicated by Atletico being banned from signing players until January.

However, Costa’s insistence he would only leave London to return to Madrid has all but completely damaged Chelsea’s hopes of raising the £76m first mentioned when interest was expressed by Chinese Super League clubs back in January.

At present, their asking price is likely to be nearer £40m this time around and, should Atletico offer that much, a deal will be concluded swiftly.

Saul Niguez signs record nine-year contract with Atletico Madrid

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Spain and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has signed a nine-year contract — one of the longest in football history — that will allow him to stay with the club until June 2026.

Niguez, 22, has been an influential figure for both club and country in the past two seasons, helping Atletico reach the Champions League semi-finals in the last season.

Just last week, Niguez also helped Spain enter the European Under-21 Championship final. He was then awarded the Golden Boot of the tournament for scoring five goals in five matches as well as a runners-up medal after a slim 1-0 defeat to Germany.

A product of Atletico’s youth system, Niguez had played 53 games for Atletico last season, scoring nine goals, four of which were in the Champions League.

“I am very happy because at Atletico we are a family and there is no better place to be,” Niguez said in a statement. “I will work my full potential on the field as always to pay back the trust that the club is giving to me.”

“I’d like to thank all my team-mates and the coaching staff for their help day by day so that I can be the player I am today.”

Atletico are subject to a transfer ban until January 2018 following a failed appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). For them, keeping key players such as Niguez and Antoine Griezmann — the latter of whom signed a one-year contract extension this summer — were key for Atletico to stay competitive in the next season.

It was also worth noting that since Niguez was under a long term contract before signing his new deal, it gestures how highly he is rated by Atletico’s manager, Diego Simeone.

Atletico Madrid fails in CAS appeal for transfer ban

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Atletico Madrid has failed in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to withdraw the transfer ban imposed upon the club.

Atletico stated officially that the CAS ruling was “unfair” and causes “irreparable damage to the club”, adding that the decision amounts to “comparative disadvantage and discriminatory treatment” of the club.

They will only be allowed to register new players again from 1 January 2018.

The ruling had meant that the second runners-up in La Liga will remain banned from signing new players this summer transfer windows, although the CAS reduced their fine from 900,000 Swiss Francs (£719,793) to 550,000 (£439,873).

The ban was placed upon both Madrid clubs for breaching FIFA rules over the signing of minors, although Real had their transfer ban cut short by one window in December last year.

FIFA had begun the investigations against both clubs concerning players aged under 18 who played in competitions for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005-2014, and while the world governing body initially ruled on the case in January 2016, both clubs were able to sign players last summer after appealing against the decision to FIFA.

Nonetheless, Atletico claimed that they have “full confidence” in their current squad and were determined to continue “competing at the same level next season”, having finished behind Real and Barcelona in La Liga this season.

Additionally, CAS’s decision was due to be released on Wednesday but was delayed until Thursday, which Altetico said showed a “lack of respect” to the club.

Real Madrid transfer ban sentence reduced by CAS

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The transfer ban FIFA imposed on Real Madrid had been reduced to one transfer window following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Spanish giants, alongside city rivals Atletico Madrid, had both been restricted from signing players for two transfer windows by the football governing body FIFA.

While Real would remain banned from registering new players this January despite the new ruling, they will be able to make signings next summer.

The club also had their fine reduced from 360,000 Swiss francs to Sfr 240,000.

FIFA made the ruling following investigations into players aged under 18 who played in competitions for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005-2014. Both Real and fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid were found to have been breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under the age of 18.

In a statement on their official website, Real said: “The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely.”

Meanwhile, there has been yet to be development regarding Atletico’s own appeal against their ban and fine.

FIFA initially ruled on the case in January, but the appeals meant both Real and Atletico could sign players last summer.