Arsenal ‘running surprise investigation into former Chelsea striker Diego Costa’ with old Arsenal opponent desperate to leave Atletico Mineiro as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options in January
Diego Costa may be on his way back to the Premier League, with Arsenal reportedly keeping an eye on the former Chelsea striker.
According to Goal, Arsenal is one of several clubs to hold informal talks with the 33-year-old, who is close to ending his contract with Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro.
While the report indicated that Arsenal have not submitted an official investigation into the former Spain international, Mikel Arteta remains keen to bolster his attacking options during the January transfer window.
Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be poised for a surprise return to the Premier League
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang performing international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations and loaning Folaring Balogun to Middlesbrough this week, Arsenal’s options are limited.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nkeitia are the only recognized strikers at Arteta’s disposal, but their contract expired at the end of the season and they have only netted three goals in the Premier League so far this season.
Costa scored 58 goals in 120 games in all competitions over three seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and League Cup in 2015 and lifting the league title again in 2017.
Costa is a free agent following his departure from Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro earlier this week
During his time at Chelsea, the 33-year-old scored three times in six encounters against Arsenal in all competitions, winning on five occasions.
Costa also scored the winning goal in the 2018 UEFA Europa League semi-final for Atletico Madrid, ousting Arsenal in Arsene Wenger’s final season at the club.
The striker, who is currently on vacation in Spain, has received an offer from La Liga club Cadiz and Brazilian giants Sao Paulo are also said to be interested in signing him.
After joining Atletico Mineiro in August last year, Costa scored five goals in 19 matches and his team won the double.
The Spaniard won the English Premier League twice in three seasons with Chelsea
He scored three times in six matches against Arsenal during his tenure with the Blues
The club’s director of football, Rodrigo Caetano, told Jul Costa that he had expressed his desire to leave at the end of the season.
Said the manager who completed
“We have accepted the request and are working to build the best deal for all parties. We appreciate his handover and this period of time with us. It is very likely that he will not stay with us this season on both sides.”