According to British and Spanish press, Arsenal could become a new stop for Diego Costa, who just broke up with Atletico Madrid.
For “personal reasons”, Diego Costa asked BLD Atletico Madrid to terminate the contract 6 months ahead of time and is accepted. The Brazilian Spanish striker officially became a free player, meaning he could choose to join any club at the January market opening on Friday (1/1/2021 ).
Costa has officially become a free agent
Despite the decline in performance and “rebellious” character, in essence, Costa is still a quality striker. At 32 years old, this “Beast” can be a short-term option for many big clubs. According to the Daily Mail and AS, Arsenal are very interested in the former Chelsea striker.
In the past, Costa had no less than 1 time to make Arsenal and NHM this team “itchy” in the London derby when he was still in Chelsea. However, in many respects, he can be a reasonable addition to the Gunners at the moment.
Coach Mikel Arteta had a headache because of Arsenal’s attack this season. In addition to the lack of creative gameplay, it is impossible to ignore the lack of stars playing the role of the midfield player. Costa has a different style of play from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah, so it can bring a new wind to the Emirates Stadium team.
Costa also has extensive experience in the Premier League with three winning seasons with Chelsea, scoring 52 goals in 89 appearances. Equally important is that the 32-year-old Arsenal striker does not cost even 1 cent transfer fee.
One of Arsenal’s big rivals is said to be Juventus. The defending Serie A champions want to add a striker to serve as Alvaro Morata. But if you are determined, the Gunners are still the team that has many advantages.
According to reputable source COPE, in Costa’s contract termination agreement with Atletico includes a number of terms. Notably, the striker will be fined 25 million euros if he joins Real Madrid, Barcelona or Sevilla in January. This figure is 5 million euros if he goes to a club that participates in the knockout round of the Champions League. If not the teams mentioned above, “Beast” will receive 3.2 million euros, ie the remaining salary in the 6 months contract.