Everton were ready to pay a club record fee for Diego Costa

Everton were eager to complete a deal for Diego Costa from Chelsea before the striker consented to a move to his former club Atletico Madrid last week (21 September)

The Toffees were unable to find a suitable replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who transferred to Manchester United during the summer transfer window and were said to be ready to take £70m ($94.8m) out of their coffers to lure Costa down to Goodison Park.

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