Diego Costa, 28, was linked with a move to his former side all summer long after being informed by boss Antonio Conte in May that he is no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge.

A move failed to to materialise before the window closed, however, leaving the Spain international – who has not played a single minute in 98 days – in limbo for the first half of the 2017-18 campaign.

Costa has repeatedly made clear that he will only leave West London if Atletico come calling, but club president Enrique Cerezo insisted last week that – contrary to press reports in Britain – a deal was not close to bring struck between the two sides.

According to Marca, however, Atleti have stepped up their pursuit by informing Chelsea that their latest £57m offer is the last that will be tabled – £48m up front and £9m in various performance-related add-ons.

Atletico, who are under a FIFA-imposed transfer ban until January, had Costa on their books for a combined six years before he joined Chelsea in 2014.