Despite being in the headlines recently over an alleged bust-up with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and a potential move to the mega-rich Chinese Super League, Monday’s murmurs suggest the Blues striker is also being lined up by two Spanish behemoths.
Last week it emerged that Costa was being linked with a move to China while he was dropped this weekend for the Pensioners’ clash with Leicester City after an apparent altercation between himself and Conte.
We’ve seen instances like this lead to little more than a wrist slapping for players before they return to first team action, with very little room for grudges or emotion at top level football, but should Costa not come out of this scenario positively, he may have two options to rival even the temptations – albeit mostly financial – of the Chinese Super League.
According to The Independent, both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid see the Spain international as a potential new addition to their formidable attacking arsenals.
The report goes on to explain that Barca have made their interest in the striker known to his representatives while Atletico would be perhaps the more realistic option with cash likely to come in next summer from the sale of Antoine Griezmann, possibly to Manchester United. In addition to this, Costa has spent two separate spells at Los Rojiblancos throughout his professional career and could harbour ambitions of finishing out his days at the Vicente Calderón.
It is common for rumours like this to spread once word of upheaval permeates across the continent, but with a league title very much in Chelsea’s sights it would be a shock to see Costa leave London before the season has concluded.
While he may very well leave in the summer window, one would expect him to stay and see the Blues to their sixth top flight title.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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