The 25 year old has been repeatedly linked to some of the biggest clubs in Europe following his incredible start to the season which has seen him net 23 times in 23 games in all competitions this season. Arsenal have been rumoured to have shown particular intent to secure his signature this month.
The Spanish outfit’s sporting director Jose Luis Caminero, has ruled out the sale of Costa and is confident that he will remain at the Vincente Calderon.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
The player has a clause of 38 millions euros and the big clubs in England know this.
Diego Costa has matured and is smart when it comes to decision making.
Right now, Costa does not think of leaving, he is hooked on Atletico. He has re-signed a deal that is important, I am confident he will continue with us.
A few days back when Wenger was asked whether he would consider buying Costa in the January transfer window, the Frenchman said:
What, £145 m?! Honestly, you want to keep your chances in the season at the best possible level.
Costa is an excellent all round striker and is capable of playing anywhere in the attacking positions. He’s known for his strength and power, while he is also good in the air, but is not being afraid to track back and put in a tackle. He is well built and tends to drop into the midfield to get the ball and then look to supply to his other fellow forwards.
Arsenal have a crisis up front after stand in striker Nicklas Bendtner sprained an ankle scoring in the win over Cardiff and will be out for at least six weeks. Theo Walcott has also sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Tottenham and will be out for the season. The Gunners have only one recognised striker in the form of Olivier Giroud, who is currently overcoming sickness.
The chase will no doubt continue until the end of the month but with Madrid level on points with table topping Barcelona it’s pretty obvious they aren’t going to sell their main man just for a few quid in the bank when they could end an 18 year wait for a La Liga title.
It’s always hard to sign a big name players mid season and it remains to be seen whether Wenger will loan someone this month, return to Costa in the summer or sign another striker. But after Walcott injury it is now a necessity for us to sign someone who could make an impact in the title race.
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