Goal.com is reporting that Chelsea appear to have stolen a match on Arsenal in their bid to sign Atletico Madrid Striker Diego Costa.
The striker who reports say was heavily scouted by the Gunners last January, but unwilling to make a move midway into the season has a release clause. Costa who has 31 goals to his record in 41 matches this season is one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment.
Arsenal’s need for a striker was well highlighted during the last winter window; and that was why several players including Costa were linked to the club. It is not yet known if the club has dropped its intention to sign a player who Wenger once spoke highly of.
Costa is the physically strong and skillful type of player that has a very high work rate especially in the box. Recently, the 25 year old player switched his allegiance to Spain, dumping his country of origin Brazil in order to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Rumours making the rounds in January revealed that the player had a £30 Million release clause, which sources also confirmed was not a problem for the Gunners. However, the player’s determination not to move in the middle of the season poured cold water on the move to London.
Though, Arsenal’s reason for cooling their interest may not be unconnected to various scouting reports as suggested by Goal. The online football site reports that “Arsenal have subsequently dropped their interest in Costa following lukewarm scouting reports, leaving Chelsea in pole position to capture the prolific striker.”
If that story is true, then it may not have anything to do with the player’s release clause or Atletico Madrid’s asking price, which sources also expect to be a bit higher than the £30 Million being quoted in the press.
Several news outlets have always portrayed the manager as one who doesn’t always like to pay what represents the market value of a player; and that is why they always suggest that the club lost out on a couple of players in the past.