Drama as Arsenal edge closer to landing controversial former Chelsea star in January

Drama as Arsenal edge closer to landing controversial former Chelsea star in January

– Diego Costa is wanted by Premier League side Arsenal

– The Gunners are interested in the attacker as they want to add depth to the department

– Atletico Madrid might allow the striker to leave six months before his deal expires

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has reportedly emerged as a top transfer target for Arsenal during the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old will be out of contract with the Spanish League giants in the summer but the club wants to get him off their payroll quicker than expected.

He returned to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in 2018 but spent most of his time on the sidelines owing to series of injuries.

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However, Los Colchoneros are ready to offload the striker six months before the expiration of as he is currently the most paid player on their team.

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Diego Costa during Atletico Madrid’s La Liga clash against Elche earlier this month.
Photo by Denis Doyle.
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And this has already started attracting attention from top clubs with the North Londoners already showing interest.

SunSport quoting Spanish outlet AS reports that Mikel Arteta could be monitoring Costa’s situation with keen interest as he looks to bring him back to London.

The Gunners are hoping the forward can help improve their goalscoring ability after enduring a very poor start to the season.

With Costa returning to the EPL, he will reunite with former Blues teammate Willian at the Emirates Stadium.

They both helped their former club to the English topflight glory at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old has been granted permission to miss training by Atletico so he can focus on finding a new club.

The Sun reveals that the attacker is wanted by South American clubs plus the Middle and the Far East, but he is allegedly determined to remain to play at the top level in Europe.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Folarin Balogun could be departing Arsenal football club as a free agent as reigning Premier League champions Liverpool are keen on making a move for the star.

The youngster who is currently a member of the England U20 team is however eligible to play for the Nigeria national football team as his parents were born in the West African nation.

The 19-year-old was earlier linked with Sheffield United and Brentford as he had been with the Gunners since the age of eight.

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