Diego Costa has had a great summer. He’s been topping up his tan, having barbecues, watching TV, hanging with his mum, sipping on coke and rum, and he’s like ‘so what, I’m drunk’. But all good things must come to an end.
Or must they? Diego didn’t move anywhere in the English transfer window, or the Chinese transfer window, or the Turkish transfer window, and now he has pretty much run out of windows.
This seems to confirm what we knew along, which is that he’s going to Atletico Madrid, who can’t pick him until January anyway.
On the downside this means Diego won’t be able to play football for at least 3.65 months, but on the upside – summer just got extended, baby.
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The Express reports that Atletico will finalise a £32m transfer for the Chelsea striker “within days” and have sent a delegation to London to seal the deal.
Whether London is the most wisest destination for this delegation is uncertain, given that Costa hasn’t been seen there for several weeks. But Chelsea is still there – that’s not going anywhere – and Atletico appear to believe they can buy Costa without him being there. He has already agreed a £9.1m-a-year contract with his former club, the Express adds.
The only fly in Costa’s ointment is that, with Atletico presumably starting to pay him that salary as soon as the transfer is complete, they might ask him to turn up to training pretty soon. Total buzzkill.
Neymar ‘wants Real Madrid move’
On the other side of Madrid, there are rumours afoot of a transfer sensation that would rock football to its core. And we don’t mean Julien Faubert returning to the Bernabeu; we mean Neymar.
The Express – via Spanish mischief makers Diario Gol – claims Paris Saint-Germain’s £200m summer signing only moved to the Ligue 1 side in order to broker a move to Real Madrid “further down the line”.
Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane apparently wants the Brazilian superstar to replace Cristiano Ronaldo “in the future”.
Obviously Barcelona would never sell have sold him to their arch-rivals, so he’s cunningly moved to Paris in the interim instead. This could be the biggest transfer scandal since Aston Villa paid £6m for Bosko Balaban.
Elsewhere, Real playmaker Isco is set to reject the advances of Manchester United and Tottenham to sign a new “mega-deal” at the Bernabeu (Sun), David Silva almost left Manchester City for Fenerbahce on Turkish transfer deadline day – but didn’t, obviously (Sports Illustrated) and Arsenal’s chief transfer negotiator Dick Law is set to “step down” from his position next month (Telegraph). Presumably this is the guy who refused to pay £52m for Thomas Lemar in July and offered £92m for Thomas Lemar in August.