It’s last orders in the Football Transfer Tavern as The Evening Standard‘s Andrew Bontiff emerges from the crowd to explains that he has some fresh reports from Spain about a major Premier League target.
Bontiff claims that Atletico Madrid are confident of keeping hold of Arsenal and Chelsea target Diego Costa for at least another year.
Costa has heavily mentioned in the tavern of late with both the Gunners and the Blues seeking to add the prolific 25-year-old to their ranks.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has since confirmed that he has no plans to sign a striker in the current transfer window but Blues supporting punters in the tavern think the Special One may be tempted at tabling a summer bid.
In the past, Atletico have been forced to sell some of their finest talents – namely Radamel Falcao – but the club insist that due to their impressive performances this season in both La Liga and the Champions League, they will be able to keep hold of their prized assets.
Berta told Italian channel Tele Radio Stereo: “Atletico is a club which, due to its nature, must sell every year. [But] we believe we can have our players at least one year more.”
The Brazilian, who will play for Spain at the upcoming World Cup, has already hit 22 goals for Diego Simeone’s side in his 22 matches and it comes as no surprise to see him linked with a host of major European sides.
Both Wenger and Mourinho would love to recruit the in-form striking ace, but these latest reports could dispel any thoughts of this for at least another year.
Can you see any scenario where the La Liga high-flyers will let Costa leave in the current transfer window? Let us know your thoughts below.
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