Why Arsenal should not pursue Diego Costa after Atletico Madrid terminate Spaniard’s contract


Why Arsenal should not pursue Diego Costa after Atletico Madrid terminate Spaniard’s contract

Diego Costa leaves Atletico

Atletico Madrid announced that they have terminated the contract of infamous Brazilian striker Diego Costa. The former Chelsea forward returned to his Spanish side, whom he had left 3 years earlier, after winning the league twice with the West London club.

With the January window fast approaching, it was natural that Costa would see links with possible suitors. One such club which has been thrust into the view of the Spaniard is Arsenal. The North London club have struggled this season to establish themselves as top 4 contenders and instead have even threatened to face a relegation battle.

A lack of goals has been a clear issue with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe all struggling to score on a consistent basis in the league. It therefore makes sense for Arsenal to be linked to a striker, especially of the profile of Costa. Considering he can be a good aerial threat, Arsenal have been peppering opposition boxes with plenty of crosses but to no avail, it is likely this characteristic is desirable.

With Arsenal known to have financial restrictions going back several seasons, the attraction of a “free” deal would unsurprisingly entice the Gunners.

Say no to Costa

Diego Costa has Premier League experience, was a consistent scorer of goals and has the attraction of not having a transfer fee attached to him. Despite all these, Arsenal should categorically not look to sign the Brazilian under any circumstances whatsoever.

That may seem blunt, however considering Arsenal’s history in the market, there is no room for tiptoeing around the issue. Looking back into the previous summer, Arsenal acquired the services of Chelsea’s Willian on a another “free” deal.

Problems with these “free” transfers is that on the surface whilst no transfer fee is attached, within is a complicated concoction of wages, intermediaries and signing on fees. It has been reported that Willian, although “free,” cost Arsenal a £10 million signing on fee. On top of the wages putting the winger into the upper echelons of the Gunners’ wage bill.

Costa is also represented by well-known super agent Jorge Mendes. According to an article by The Guardian, the agent is well-known for receiving significant fees when dealing with client transfers. It is likely that should Arsenal pursue Diego Costa, the intermediary fee would be significant.

Then finally come the wages. Spanish outlet Marca reported in 2018 that Costa was supposedly earning €8 million a season. Therefore, Arsenal would be looking, if matching his previous salary, at a wage of around £130,000 per week.

Diego Costa atletico Madrid

TALLINN, ESTONIA – AUGUST 15: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Considering the strikers already at the club, adding Costa to Aubameyang, who was recently signed a new huge contract, and Lacazette, who admittedly does have his deal expire at the end of next season, does not make too much sense.

Arsenal have been struggling to agree a deal for young striker Folarin Balogun. If he was to see Arsenal acquire the services of another experienced forward which would put him further back in the pecking order, it would likely only worsen Arsenal’s chances of securing the youngster’s signature.

All of these reasons are brought without even considering Costa’s current form and injury situation. The Brazilian forward has a history of minor muscle injuries which have caused him to miss matches every so often, most recently 6 consecutive games in October and November. Concerningly, Costa was recently diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis which kept him out of action for the latter part of November and the start of December.

Diego Costa Spain World Cup

KAZAN, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Diego Costa of Spain reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Spain at Kazan Arena on June 20, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Since returning to Atletico Madrid, the former Chelsea man has scored a total of 12 goals in 61 appearances in La Liga. Considering his injury record and form, it makes little sense for Arsenal to sanction the level of money it would cost to bring the Brazilian in for the output which could be expected over the next 1 to 2 years.

If Arsenal want to bring in an additional forward, which is certainly acceptable considering the situations and style of their current crop of strikers, there are better options out there. Investing in a younger player which would have sell-on value, a higher ceiling and ultimately less financial demands makes a lot more sense than moving for Costa who would cost significantly more, arguably provide less output and no guarantee of regular fitness.

Some may say that the Brazilian’s attitude is something that Arsenal have needed at the club for a long time but by simply looking at the committed desire of Gabriel Martinelli, it is evidence that there are plenty of these players out there, you just need to find them.

Diego Costa is back in training for Atletico Madrid and could be fit for Chelsea clash

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