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Diego Costa’s £32million Buy-Out Clause Won’t Halt Arsenal, Says Report

Arsenal are interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, and the £32million buy-out clause placed on his head won’t prevent Arsene Wenger from making an offer for the future Spain striker, according to a report tonight in the British media.

Last night, the same tabloid ran a story that Dimitar Berbatov was being tipped as a future Arsenal player. And the paper’s Friday morning edition is now reporting that Costa could be a target for the Gunners.

Considering that the January transfer window is open, it’s always difficult to ascertain whether the transfer gossip printed in the media, especially British tabloids, is true or not. There’s no doubt that Arsenal are in need of a striker given the fact that Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo are all out injured. Whether Wenger will consider a huge splash in the transfer market to try to sign Costa, we’ll have to wait to see.

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    January 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm


  2. Georgie

    January 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Are Arsenal trying to buy the title?

    • Jim

      January 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Good one! Only City and Chelsea do that 🙂 .

  3. Jim

    January 3, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Costa won’t be leaving Athletico in January. He wants to play for Spain in the World Cup so he’ll stay in Spain and continue his fine form there. Moving to England is a gamble as it could take him time to adapt to a new league.

    He will also be able to play in the Champions League by staying in Madrid. Athletico also have a decent chance of getting to the semis at least.

  4. Andre

    January 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

    For the January window Berbatov makes much more sense to me. Diego Costa is cup-tied so he wouldn’t play in the two Bayern Munich games. Berbatov would also cost 1 twelfth as much as Costa and could be easily shipped off in the summer if/when other strikers are healthy.

    From the other side I think Atleti will do all they can to keep Costa becuase they are in the middle of an epic run and need him if they are to challenge for titles. I know this might not be the biggest factor but for Costa himself the prospect of playing the next five months in the Spanish capital may help his chances w/r/t the world cup squad.

    I can totally see Diego Costa at the Emirates, I just think it would happen in the summer.

    • KapUSMC

      January 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Big money for a cup tied player doesn’t make sense to me either (on either end). But after Forlan, Aguero, Falcao, now Costa, I figure Atleti have like 3 other studs waiting in the wings. Someone in the EPL needs to buy the guy doing their scouting, instead of the player.

  5. Dust

    January 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

    No way, the Farsenal fanzine the daily mirror with more exclusives.

  6. Marc L

    January 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Providing free French language translation services to World Soccer Talk since, uh, now, I can report that L’Equipe going on today about Berbatov supposedly on his way to Arsenal for 2.5m euros.

    Supposedly Berbagollum has posted something on his (ugh) Facebook page suggesting that he could “propel” Arsenal to the title.

    For those unfamiliar, L’Equipe generally likes to just spitball things in a speculative sense and the UK press then picks it up as actual news.

    This may be newsworthy to the extent that Berbagollum’s agent or whoever it is that runs his tw@tbook account appears to be trying to gin up these sorts of rumors.

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