The future of Atletico Madrid’s in-form striker Diego Costa is again the topic of debate in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Ben Jefferson from The Express leads the discussion by reporting that interested suitors, including Arsenal and Chelsea, have now been told he is not for sale in the summer.
Both Premier League outfits are rumoured to be tracking the Brazilian-born forward, but despite this strong interest from Engand, Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed he has no plans to let him leave, whatever the price.
The Blues were understood to have an advantage in the pursuit given their ability to include Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan with Atletico, as part of any proposed deal.
However Cerezo does not believe that they will be forced to sell despite Costa’s reported £32 million release clause.
He said: “I do not think Diego Costa will leave us at the end of the coming year.
“Unquestionably, we do not want to sell him or use him as a bargaining chip for another player.
“We will never sell, but that won’t stop teams coming in for our players.”
The La Liga side have long had a reputation for selling their best players but sporting director Andrea Berta believes the upcoming summer could prove an exception.
He said: “Atletico is a company which, for its proper functioning, must sell each year.
“However, we believe in this case we can keep our players at least one more season.”
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