It looks like Chelsea has some serious competition for Spain striker, Diego Costa, this summer. Today in France Football they report that AS Monaco are very keen in bringing the Brazilian born forward to the French Riviera for next season, and they are also interested in linking up the Atletico Madrid forward with his current coach, Argentine Diego Simeone.
Diego Costa is one of the most wanted forwards in European football and there would be no problem for Monaco to match the €38 million release fee. With Monaco due to qualify for the Champions League next season there is no real reason why he wouldn’t be interested in the move.
One question he might want to ask is if he is going to be partnering former Atletico teammate Radamel Falcao, or whether he will be replacing the Colombian. Falcao is currently recovering from a serious knee injury and is in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Brazil.
The path is certainly clear for Diego Costa to follow in Falcao’s footsteps this summer, Monaco have already had dealings with the Spanish club last summer, and talks then were smooth, helped in part with by Falcao’s agent, Jorge Mendes. Who is Diego Costa’s agent? None other than Jorge Mendes, the attacker would join a handful of Mendes’ clients that currently play in the principality.
Monaco’s season is set to end in success, finishing second after only winning promotion last season is a huge jump, even with the money spent, coach Claudio Ranieri deserves credit for the job he has done. However, it doesn’t seem like it is enough for him to save his job.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev is unconvinced and is reported to be looking for a new boss to take over for their assault on the Champions League and the challenge of keeping pace with PSG. Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone is reported to be on Monaco’s shortlist. His ability to challenge both Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga and the Champions League has increased his managerial reputation.
It is likely that Monaco will have to pay around €9 million to replace Ranieri, €38 million for Diego Costa and a bumper pay packet to convince Diego Simeone to leave Madrid. For most clubs this would be a deterrent, for Monaco and Rybolovlev it is nothing more than spare change.