Why Arsenal should not consider Costa
The Spain international star played a significant role in two title victories during his time at Chelsea but at the age of 32 has struggled for form as well as fitness.
Diego Costa and Luis Suarez's strike collaboration looked like a match made in hell (rather than heaven), at least for opposition defenders.
"It's really good," Costa said after both netted in a 6-1 win over Granada on the opening day of the 2020-21 season. "One of us bites and the other kicks!"
Nevertheless, this potentially deadly duo failed to cause any real damage.
They started only one game alongside one another, against Celta on October 17, previous to Atletico announcing on Tuesday that Costa's contract with the club had been ended six months early by mutual consent.
The reason for this remains shrouded in mystery, with the Rojiblancos merely confirming Goal's recent news that the striker had said he need to leave for "personal reasons".
It is quite tough, then, to know what happens next for Costa.
Apparently, he has already received one offer from Brazil, the country where he was born and raised, but it is said that the former Chelsea No.9 would rather stay in Europe, meaning a return to England is a distinct possibility.
The Spain international star was a force of nature for the vast majority of his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, with the infamously aggressive attacker proving perfectly suited to the physicality of the Premier League, as he powered the Blues to two title victories under two different managers: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Costa will, hence, represent an attractive option for any English outfit in search of a No.9 during the January transfer window.
Nevertheless, Arsenal and any other interested suitors will be well aware that right now Costa is no longer the “animal” – as Mourinho described him – that terrorized Premier League defences at Chelsea.
He has been bedevilled by many injuries since rejoining Atletico back in 2017 and his fitness issues have only become worse over the past year.
Indeed, he has missed some 32 games in total since the beginning of last season, with a variety of ailments, ranging from a groin issue to a herniated disc.
Even when he has been on the pitch, he hasn't performed with anything like the same kind of deadly threat, which is why he had fallen behind Luis Suarez in the pecking order, with the Uruguayan firmly established as the desired partner for Joao Felix in the team’s attack force.