Arsenal Set To Bid For €38.5m-Rated Striker But Chelsea Also Keen

By on January 3, 2014

With the January transfer window now open for business clubs will be working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Arsenal are set to bid for Diego Costa.

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Arsenal are ready to do all they can to try and lure Diego Costa to the Emirates this month with Arsene Wenger making the €38.5m-rated hitman his number one priority, according to the Daily Star.

The Brazilian-born striker has been in sensational form this season, scoring 19 goals in just 17 appearances to help Atletico Madrid keep pace with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.

Arsenal are also flying high this season and currently hold a one-point advantage at the top of the Premier League following their best start in almost 10 years.

However, the Gunners title bid is in danger of being derailed by a lack of depth up front. Wenger has so far been heavily reliant on Olivier Giroud but with the Frenchman sidelined with an ankle problem, his replacement, Nicklas Bendtner, has also been ruled out for several weeks after picking up his own ankle injury on Wednesday.

It leaves Wenger worryingly short of options and the Star claim the long-serving boss will now ‘pull out all the stops to land’ Costa this month in the hope he can fire the north Londoners to the title.

The 25-year-old has a €38.5m (£32m) buy-out clause in his contract and Atletico are unlikely to do business for anything less than the full release fee, so it would be another big-money purchase if Arsenal can somehow pull it off.

However, the newspaper suggests that Chelsea are also hot on Costa’s trail and while Jose Mourinho was planning on making his move for the player in the summer, Arsenal’s interest could force the Blues into bringing forward their plans – although Mourinho insists he won’t be signing another striker this winter.

Even if the buy-out fee is met, the problem for either Arsenal or Chelsea could be persuading Costa to switch clubs mid-season. He is currently enjoying his best ever campaign and is in red-hot form heading into next summers World Cup and it remains to be seen whether he’ll risk unsettling himself by making a move to England in January.

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Do you think Costa would consider a move to Arsenal or Chelsea? Share your views below.

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12 Comments

  1. Antonio

    January 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Diego Costa wil join Chelsea bcoz of Hazard, Oscar n Willian. Al he has 2 do is wait 4 hazard 2 do d work while he wil rest n score gently. CHELSEA is d best. Anywhere costa joins its a gud club 4 hm.
    Bt i nid Costa @ cfc. Bcox of his confident n technics

  2. Paul

    January 4, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Costa should choose Arsenal if he wants to play for the soon to be best team in England. Chelsea are good but Arsenal are better.

  3. tunde

    January 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Arsenal is best for him

  4. george

    January 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Arsenal is the best location for diego costa with the likes of ozil there, i think he is on his way 2 becoming arsenal ronaldo

  5. Wiziwig

    January 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Diego costa shuld come to chelsea, bcos chelsea has d best attacking young midfielders in PL nw, who r willing to work and drop the ball for him to scoal. Arsenal is good dis season but chelsea is d best destination for u (costa).

  6. olise rufus

    January 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

    C.F.C is the best for him bcos jose m. know how to make him best.

  7. James Cheery

    January 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    With the three(hazard,oscar nd willian)out their, costa has noting to lack. I think chelsea will be fantastic for him..

  8. Mohammed kuku

    January 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Honestly speaking, Arsenal is the best choice for Costa bcoz, Arsene wenger is not like Jose Mo who threw the best creative players like Mata only to get new face. In addition to this, There are so much strikers in Chelsea but only one striker in Arsenal so that Costa is 100% beneficiary when signed for Arsenal. Arsene wenger is always responsible like own father for his players.

  9. ismail

    January 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Arsenal is nt just d best fitted club for coaster but d place to hav d best free mind coach nd player to play without intimidation nd presure from coach and fans

  10. prince

    February 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Asernal is the best place for costa,2gether wit ozil da wil make a good walk.

  11. Olawaleevra

    February 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    With Oscar, hazard and Willian Costa can be the best striker at EPL

  12. Olawale

    February 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

    With Oscar, hazard and willian, Costa can become the best striker in EPL so, chelsea is the best option fro Diego Costa

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