RUMOURS: Atletico Madrid to spend Jackson Martinez cash on Diego Costa

The Liga side are hopeful they will be able to use the cash recouped from the Colombian's sale to lodge an acceptable bid for their former striker

Atletico Madrid will use the money made on Jackson Martinez's sale to lure Diego Costa back to the Vicente Calderon in June, according to Marca.

Martinez was sold to Guangzou Evergrande on Wednesday for a fee of €42 million, a Chinese Super League record, with Atleti making a €7m profit on a player for which they had paid Porto €35m in the summer window.

It had been suggested in recent weeks that Atletico might try to swap the Colombian for former striker Diego Costa, now with Chelsea, but the club's business with Guangzhou means they have have the cash reserves to submit an outright bid in June.