Diego Costa is gone. To be honest, he’s been gone for a long time. And in the end, we’ll probably miss him in ways we never imagined.
But for a man who has spent the summer sitting in his front room watching TV, and who has been told via text message that his own manager doesn’t want him, and who will have no opportunity to play football until January at the earliest, the feisty striker has turned out to be rather expensive.
The Mirror reports that the Spanish Brazilian’s long-awaited return to Atletico Madrid will cost his former club £67m – comprised of £60m up front and £7m in add-ons.
Chelsea will therefore double their money on the man they bought from Atletico for £32m three years ago. It’s like Oscar’s £60m move to Shanghai SIPG all over again, except Costa will be 29 before he next kicks a ball in La Liga.
An extraordinary piece of business by the Blues, but if Manchester United fans thought it has brought them one step closer to signing Antoine Griezmann, they could be in for an unpleasant surprise.
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Many may have assumed Costa would be a replacement for the French forward in Madrid, but the Mirror reports – via the Spanish website El Confidencial – that Griezmann is in fact expected to partner the £67m new signing in Diego Simeone’s 4-4-2 system.
This fear would appear to be borne out by Griezmann’s Twitter response to Costa agreeing a deal with Atletico, in which he writes in apparent jubilation, “Is coming hooome, Is coming hooome.”
Is coming hooome, Is coming hooome ⚪️
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) September 21, 2017
Aside from the forward’s evident misunderstanding of the actual lyrics of that song (which is rather endearing actually) this does not sound like the tweet of a man who is about to be replaced. (Unless he actively wants to be replaced because he is desperate to leave Madrid – who knows.)
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One man we know is definitely desperate to leave his club is Alexis Sanchez, and Paris Saint-Germain may be about to make his wish come true.
The Sun says the moneybags Ligue 1 table-toppers may have “leapfrogged” Manchester City in the race to sign the Chilean by offering him wages of £400,000 a week.
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PSG had initially baulked at those salary demands when a possible transfer was discussed in the summer, but the potential departure of Edinson Cavani – the new enemy of Neymar – could open up a space in the French side’s attack.
Elsewhere, West Ham are tracking Bologna duo Simone Verdi and Adam Masina (Tuttomercato), Aston Villa are interested in Rangers’ in-form young Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos (Birmingham Mail) and Arsene Wenger has declared that Arsenal are no longer interested in signing Jonny Evans from West Brom (Star). News that will come as yet another massive blow to Gunners fans.