The Mail last night revealed that Arsenal had sent scouts to check out Diego Costa in action for Atletico Madrid with a view to a January signing.
Now in our opinion expecting a deal to happen mid-season is hugely ambitious. Atletico are riding high in La Liga going toe-to-toe with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and into the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.
Diego Costa has been a huge part of that, scoring 22 times in 21 games. He has a release clause of €38 million, meaning for interested clubs he is 'gettable.'
We can't picture Costa walking out on Atletico mid-season however considering the success he and his side are enjoying.
Next summer, now that may be a different issue - although Costa's first priority will surely be his involvement at next year's World Cup.
But let's just say for a moment he was tempted to make a move to Arsenal for sporting reasons, would his 'Spanish' nationality cause him not to?
Up until this Autumn, we would have described Diego Costa as Brazilian. He has since controversially 'switched' his nationality to Spanish under residency rules, having never been capped by Brazil.
You can only imagine the reception he will face if Spain go head-to-head with Brazil at next year's tournament as they did in the Confederations Cup Final.
So having pledged his commitment to Spain, would it be viewed as an insult to the country who fought for him to play for them to turn his back on La Liga to the Premier League?
Now if he wins Spain the World Cup, it probably wouldn't be anger the would-be hero would cause by signing for Arsenal, but immense disappointment.
Costa would surely want to revel in his hero status, and so one way or another - it's likely to expect to see him staying in the country to which he has just tied himself to.
Now players leave their homeland all the time, but this is a new beginning for Costa, and leaving Spain for England would be unexpected to say the least - and not viewed favourably in 'his' country.
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