Costa linked with move away from Atletico Madrid

September 26, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Spanish striker Diego Costa could soon be on the move once again, with clubs in China and Qatar potentially interested in swooping for his signature according to reports. 

According to Italian publication CalcioMercato, the Atletico Madrid man could leave the Wanda Metropolitano either in January or the summer, in a move that will see the club take a huge hit financially. 

After originally leaving for Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, Costa returned to the Spanish capital last January in a deal believed to be worth up to £57m. 

Despite the big fee, the now 30-year-old has struggled in front of goal having only hit the back of the net 13 times in 49 appearances, just five of which have come in the league. He has also had a poor start to the new season having only scored once in five appearances in all competitions. 

Costa was previously linked with a move to China in his time in London, with that thought to be a major reason behind his frosty relationship with former boss Conte.

He has an opportunity to get his season kick-started as Atleti face Real Madrid in the Madrid derby on Sunday. Costa can be backed at odds of 5/1 with William Hill to open the scoring.

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