Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the race for Diego Costa and are willing to match Atletico Madrid’s valuation for the player, according to reports in the Mirror.
The Spain international has been among the most prolific scorers in Europe this season and has scored 27 goals in 33 appearances in La Liga this season.
The report states that the 25 year old Atletico Madrid star has a £31 million release clause in his contract and Chelsea are the hot favourites to sign the Brazilian-born Spain international. Costa is at the top of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s list, but Arsenal are also keen and will move in if the move to Chelsea stalls.
It further states that Wenger could also move for another Atletico Madrid player called Diego, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is on a loan deal in Madrid from German club Wolfsburg. His deal expires in June and Wenger checked him out while he was at his previous club Werder Bremen.
Costa is an excellent all round striker and is capable of playing anywhere in the attacking positions. He is an old-fashioned centre-forward and he’s certainly one whose skill set is ideally suited to the roughhouse tactics of the Premier League. He is no pushover, with brute strength and physicality form a large part of his game. He can work equally well with his back to goal and feeding the wide players.
He will be a major boost for the Gunners, who are in for a world class striker to supplement their title challenge next season. Olivier Giroud, in spite of scoring over 20 goals in the current campaign, has been vastly inconsistent and has missed more than he has scored, something which the Gunners need to look at come the end of the season.
His stocky frame makes him that of a similar mould to Giroud, but his arrival would provide a lot more than just a like-for-like replacement. While the Frenchman does his best work off the ball, exploiting gaps and finding space where others may not, Costa has the added extra of being a menace with the ball at his feet, more often choosing to take the ball to the opponent.
The Spaniard has a £31m release clause in his contract and I don’t think it will be hard for Arsenal, as we’ve recently proven that we’re ready to take that plunge, whether it was with our pursuit of Luis Suarez or Higuain or with our signing of Ozil. Goals win games and Costa will deliver and he could be the difference in bringing the title back to north London next season.
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