It’s safe to say that a lot of the top Premier League clubs would love to have Diego Costa in their side.
Liverpool had a bid for the Atletico Madrid forward rejected in the summer believed to be around £21.5m – and Costa said in November he nearly made the switch to Merseyside when he told Mundo Deportivo: ‘I had the chance to leave, I was about to do so.
‘Liverpool are a great team. But, after so much fighting and overcoming many difficulties to earn my places at Atletico, how was I going to leave?’
Having scored 23 goals in 23 matches in all competitions, it seems to be the main reason why Arsenal and Manchester United are now harbouring an interest in the 25-year-old, and his finishing ability is sometimes outrageous. Given the size of him, his close control is very good and he can twist and turn very well against defenders.
Atletico Madrid are desperate to keep him as they are currently going toe-to-toe with Barcelona for the La Liga crown, with Real Madrid lurking in the background – plus they have had a very good campaign in the Champions League so far.
It is hard to see him leaving the Vincente Calderon after being Atleti’s main man for much of the season.
It hasn’t just been the clubs fighting over Costa either with both Spain and Brazil desperate for him to represent them, with the striker eventually choosing Spain over his native Brazil.
Costa is another striker in the long list of top class forwards that have graced the turf at the Vincente Calderon, following Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao – the most recent memorable strikers to have moved on. Their reputation for moulding top class strikers is amongst the very best.
He has stepped into the incredibly big shoes of Falcao and has proven himself to be a quality finisher. Little wonder he is the most sought after striker in Europe from the Premier League clubs.
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