Ex-Chelsea ace offers useful transfer opportunity to Newcastle, Arsenal, and Liverpool.
NEWCASTLE, ARSENAL, and LIVERPOOL could all be interested in signing a striker in January.
In the January transfer window, Newcastle, Arsenal, and Liverpool could all be looking for a striker.
Apart from Callum Wilson, Newcastle are short on goalscoring options, while Liverpool have lost two of their free-scoring stars to the Africa Cup of Nations, and Arsenal have a number of forwards out of contract at the end of the season.
And now that ex-Chelsea talisman Diego Costa has been released by Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, the Spain international could be a surprise return to the Premier League.
Costa, now 33, rose to prominence at Atletico Madrid in the 2013-14 season, scoring 27 goals in 35 games to lead Diego Simeone’s side to their first league title since 1996.
As a result, he moved to Chelsea for £32 million, where he was an instant success, scoring 20 goals in 26 league games as Jose Mourinho’s side won the Premier League and the League Cup double.
The striker’s time in west London, on the other hand, was marred by controversy.
His status as one of the Premier League’s most feisty players was cemented by a stamp on Arsenal defender Gabriel, multiple clashes with opponents, and an alleged bite on Gareth Barry.
Despite scoring 20 goals to help the Blues win yet another league title, he left in July 2017 due to a falling out with Antonio Conte, and he has yet to return to British soil since then.
However, now that he has been released by Atletico Mineiro, the aforementioned clubs may be interested in signing the polarizing striker.
According to a report, Cadiz and Elche are in contact with Costa.
Both teams are in the bottom four of the La Liga table, so they may not be the most appealing options.
Costa, even if he does not become a regular starter, could be enticed by European football at Arsenal and Liverpool.
Arsenal strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have only six months left on their contracts, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s time at the club appears to be coming to an end after being stripped of his captaincy.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have traveled to the Africa Cup of Nations, where their respective countries of Senegal and Egypt are expected to compete for the title.
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