Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move ahead of the January transfer window, with Spanish outlet AS reporting that the Gunners had been monitoring Diego Costa’s situation at Atletico Madrid.
Costa’s future appears to lie away from the Spanish capital. AS reported that he has requested for his contract to be terminated ahead of its expiry in the summer. And the club have now confirmed that he has left.
And it is suggested that Arsenal would be interested in offering the 32-year-old another chance in the Premier League.
It remains to be seen whether Mikel Arteta is indeed interested in bringing the forward to the Emirates. And it is surely a move that would divide opinion at best.
But perhaps David Luiz may suggest that it would be a good idea to sign the former Spain international.
Luiz played alongside Costa at Chelsea before the latter’s departure in 2017. And one year earlier, he had made a hefty claim about his then-teammate.
“Diego is now one of the best strikers in the world,” he said, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
“I love the way he plays, and I am happy now because he plays in my team and it’s difficult to play against him. He never makes life easy for the defenders.”
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Of course, Arsenal’s record when signing older players has been incredibly poor in recent years. Luiz has come in for a lot of criticism since his arrival from Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Willian has been a huge flop since making the same move in the summer. Costa would be making the move at the same age as both of his former Chelsea teammates.
And with his time at Atletico at an end in controversial circumstances, it would be no surprise if many supporters were hoping that the links with Costa come to nothing.