Ebene News – GB – 5 options for Diego Costa – and why Wolves could have the edge in the race to sign a free agent

Diego Costa is now a free agent after Atletico Madrid agreed to terminate the striker’s contract six months before it expires

“The striker asked to leave the club for personal reasons a few days ago and signed the termination of his contract on Tuesday,” said a club statement

“The club thanks Diego Costa for his dedication during these years and wishes him good luck in the next stage of his professional career”

Costa has had three spells at Atletico, most recently returning to the Spanish capital in 2018 after spending three years with Chelsea in the Premier League

Atletico boss Diego Simeone knows the 32-year-old better than anyone, and he has backed ‘fighter’ Costa to succeed wherever he ends up

“We’ve spent a lot of time together over the years, he’s given us a lot and we’ve given him a lot too,” Simeone said

“We talked about his personal issues and the club wanted to help him without harming his own interests and we feel better now that we have solved the problem

“He felt the need to find a new challenge, and I’m sure wherever he goes he will do well, because he’s a fighter”

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‘Personal issues’ over his early departure have resulted in a return to Brazil, where Costa was born, becoming the striker’s most likely destination

Costa has spent his entire professional career in Europe, but his youth career started at Barcelona Capela in Sao Paulo, where Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Palmeiras are both based

In 2017, Globo Esporte reported that a loan transfer from Chelsea to Palmeiras was a possibility for Costa, the player’s brother Jair, telling Yahoo Brazil that Diego was a supporter of the Brazilian club

Meanwhile, a stint in China is also suggested, as was the case when Costa’s time at Chelsea seemed to end in 2017 and 2018.

Chinese Super League (CSL) club owner Tianjin Quanjian has admitted his intention to sign Costa was flunked when a rule change limited the number of foreign players allowed in today’s squads

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Tianjin was looking to donate £ 30million a year, Sky Sports reported, and several current CSL clubs are said to have the financial backing to tempt Costa with a stellar salary of this ilk

However, according to AS, Costa wants to stay in Europe and the Spanish newspaper claimed Arsenal are monitoring the striker’s contractual situation and waiting to make his approach

Costa has scored 59 goals in three years at Chelsea, and his familiarity with the Premier League and London has led to links with Arsenal, who are struggling in front of goal this season

Only the last four Premier League clubs have scored fewer goals than Arsenal, with the Gunners scoring 15 of 15 ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Brighton, and Costa would become an alternate option to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah from the front

Whether Arsenal comes close to Costa remains to be seen, but one Premier League club who could seriously consider a quick move for the 32-year-old are Wolves, who lack first-choice striker Raul Jimenez for the foreseeable future

Wolves are cautious to put a date on Jimenez’s hopeful comeback after his clash with Arsenal’s David Luiz in late November, and the prospect of signing Costa – at least in the short term – could ease their struggles at the front

Costa is used to the demands of the Premier League and would have little problem being thrown deep into a club that is also struggling for goals, but perhaps more importantly the player is a customer of ‘super -agent “Jorge Mendes, who runs the GestiFute agency

Mendes’ ties to wolves run deep Club boss Nuno Espirito Santo was his very first client in 1996, while the agent is said to be a close associate of the Fosun conglomerate, which has taken control of the Midlands team in 2016 and also owns a stake in GestiFute’s parent company, Start SGPS

More recently, Mendes’ influence at Wolves saw the arrival of 18-year-old client Fabio Silva this summer, the forward who started three times since Jimenez’s injury and scored his first Premier League goal vs. Burnley earlier this month

It’s this relationship that makes Costa’s potential to play for Wolves a possibility, even if only for the remainder of the season on a six-month contract as the player weighs his summer options.

This makes the fifth option, Everton, the childhood club of former Stoke and Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters (see tweet below), seem a little more far-fetched

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton is currently the Premier League’s second-highest scorer with 11 goals, and Costa’s presence – while offering a viable Plan B – could disrupt the positive start to the season on Merseyside

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Ebene News – GB – 5 options for Diego Costa – and why Wolves could have the advantage in the race to sign a free agent

Source: https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/diego-costa-next-club-transfer-wolves-arsenal-china-brazil-atletico-811165