Atletico Madrid gear up for Athletic Bilbao trip

  • Atletico Madrid were put through their paces ahead of their midweek fixture
  • Diego Simeone’s squad head to the San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao
  • The club continue their quest to bring Chelsea’s Diego Costa back to Madrid

Tom Bassam For Mailonline

Diego Simeone has been putting his Atletico Madrid players through their paces as they gear up for a trip north to play Athletic Bilbao.

Antoine Griezmann, Juanfran and Diego Godin were all pictured undertaking drills at the team’s Cerro del Espino facility on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday morning.

They will be looking to follow up Sunday’s curtain-raising win over Malaga at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, as they head to San Mames on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann shows off his technique during Atletico Madrid training on Monday

Antoine Griezmann shows off his technique during Atletico Madrid training on Monday

Antoine Griezmann shows off his technique during Atletico Madrid training on Monday

The Atleti stars were put through their paces at the club's Cerro del Espino facility in Madrid

The Atleti stars were put through their paces at the club's Cerro del Espino facility in Madrid

The Atleti stars were put through their paces at the club’s Cerro del Espino facility in Madrid

Atletico's back-up Miguel Angel Moya chats with his fellow keepers during the warm-up

Atletico's back-up Miguel Angel Moya chats with his fellow keepers during the warm-up

Atletico’s back-up Miguel Angel Moya chats with his fellow keepers during the warm-up

Diego Godin (second right) and Jose Maria Gimenez (right) take part in a possession drill

Diego Godin (second right) and Jose Maria Gimenez (right) take part in a possession drill

Diego Godin (second right) and Jose Maria Gimenez (right) take part in a possession drill

The trip comes after reports surfaced in Marca of Atleti submitting a final £57million offer for Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Spanish club are reportedly desperate to re-sign the forward and are prepared to pay a record fee. The potential deal would include an estimated £48m upfront with a further £9m in bonus add-ons.

It appears the striker’s behaviour has made Chelsea play hardball over his potential move back to Spain, despite boss Antonio Conte admitting his does not see Costa as a player he can trust.

Manager Diego Simeone oversees the workout ahead of his side's trip to the San Mames

Manager Diego Simeone oversees the workout ahead of his side's trip to the San Mames

Manager Diego Simeone oversees the workout ahead of his side’s trip to the San Mames

Atletico Madrid have submitted an offer of £57million to re-sign the striker who left in 2014

Atletico Madrid have submitted an offer of £57million to re-sign the striker who left in 2014

Atletico Madrid have submitted an offer of £57million to re-sign the striker who left in 2014

Costa has yet to return to London this season, despite failing to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge, and remains at his home in Brazil. 

Atletico are unlikely to come back with an improved offer but it appears an issue with loyalty payments is holding this deal up.

However, even if the offer is accepted, Costa would not be able to play for Atleti until January with the club under a transfer embargo. 

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