Arsenal have no intention to pursue a deal for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa even though he is available for free, a report claims.
Costa* was recently released by Atletico Madrid, where he failed to enjoy the success he had previously had there.
The striker only scored 19 goals in the three-and-a-half years since his return from Chelsea. Therefore, they decided it would be best to go their separate ways.
Now, he is available as a free agent. The opportunity to sign him without a transfer fee may be inviting for a number of clubs.
It has prompted speculation about where Costa will end up next. He previously showed good form in front of goal in the Premier League with Chelsea.
However, his spell in England had plenty of controversial moments as well. Overall, though, he could be a useful addition if he can recapture his best form.
Costa has been linked with a move back to London – although not to his former club. Some reports have mentioned Arsenal as a potential suitor.
The Gunners have been struggling for goals, with neither Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nor Alexandre Lacazette hitting the heights expected of them this season.
Some of those problems may have been due to a lack of creativity behind them, but it would not harm to have another proven goalscorer in their squad.
If they do decide to sign a striker, though, it appears it won’t be Costa.
According to The Times, Arsenal will not be making a move for the 32-year-old. However, he still has one suitor in the Premier League.
Wolves linked with Costa
The report adds that Wolves possess an interest in Costa as they look for cover up front. They recently lost Raul Jimenez to a head injury, so need someone to replace him while he recovers.
Wolves have also been linked with Luka Jovic of Real Madrid, but Costa would be another statement signing.
Wolves have shown ambition in the transfer market in recent years, helping establish themselves as a top half Premier League outfit.
Costa is part of the same agency that has helped them land a number of high-profile players, so there is an obvious connection.
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