Diego Costa could be set to make a surprising return to the Premier League, with reports that Arsenal are keeping tabs on the former Chelsea striker who recently became a free agent.
Costa is left without a club after agrees to terminate his contract at Atlético Mineiro after six months with Brazilian size, the Gunners have been linked with a surprising move for their old foe.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his front-row in the January transfer window, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in exile at the club and currently in the African Cup of Nations, while Folarin Balogun joined Middlesbrough in loan.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah were also out of contract in the summer, and have combined to score just three league goals between them this season.
Signing Costa, 33, would be a short-term option but now that the striker is available for free it could be a win-win deal for club and player.
The Brazil-born Spanish international has been linked with a number of clubs in his adopted countries, with LaLiga sides Caldiz and Elche, as well as LaLiga2’s Eibar saying they were interested.
But now Arsenal have joined the race, according to Goal, with claims that the Gunners have held talks with the striker and his team.
The report suggests Arsenal’s transfer bosses have been in “informal consultations” with the former Premier League player and no official offer has yet been made.
Costa is currently on holiday in Spain as he assesses his options for his next career move, and Corinthians de Sau Paulo are said to be interested in keeping him in Brazil as well, but are said to be “in no rush” to make a decision. .
Costa joined Atlético Mineiro in August 2021 and enjoyed a successful, if brief, spell at the club with five goals and one assist in 19 appearances as he won a domestic league and cup double.
He even made headlines in December for driving a tractor after the club’s trophy success.
Now the eccentric leader could be offered a path back to English football, but this time with his old London rivals Arsenal.
Costa loved scoring against the Gunners during his Chelsea career, posting an impressive record of six goals and five wins from six appearances against the North Londoners.
The leader left the Blues with an overall record 58 Premier League goals in 120 appearances over three seasons at Stamford Bridge, where he lifted the Premier League and League Cup double in 2015, adding another league crown in 2017 before his departure to Atlético de Madrid.
He also continued to torment the Gunners with the Spanish club, scoring the goal that sent Arsene Wenger’s team out of the Europa League semi-finals in 2018 during the legendary Frenchman’s final season in charge.
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